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Linux Terminal on Windows 10

If like me you prefer Microsoft Windows GUI and extensive product support over Linux, but you prefer the Linux terminal command line utilities (such as ssh, git, whois, etc) over Windows PowerShell. Then you’re in luck, because now you can have the best of both worlds.  All thanks to the Microsoft Subsystem for Linux.

Here’s what you need to do to install Linux terminal on Windows 10:

  1.  Right mouse click your start menu and select the option: Windows PowerShell (Admin)
  2.  Type or copy and paste the following line in to the PoweShell terminal.
    Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux [ then ENTER ]
  3.  Open the Microsoft Store app and search for your preferred Linux distro (Ubuntu, OpenSUSE or Kali Linux)
  4.  Click the Get button and when the download is complete click the launch button.

It’s that simple. No need to have dual boot or VirtualBox if all you need Linux for is the command line tools.