Microsoft will incorporate the Linux kernel to Windows 10

It’s been a long time that the deep-rooted hate of Microsoft to Linux is nothing more than a distant memory. For the past few years, on the contrary, the creator of Windows has changed dramatically, with the WSL, for Windows Subsystem for Linux. Until then, this sub-system was using emulation to allow developers to install all the command line tools (or interfaces) of the universe of Linux on their Windows PC 10.

Microsoft has announced this year the release of WSL-2 in a first version planned for this summer. The major innovation of this update is the end of the emulation. Instead, the company has built a Linux kernel that can be used directly and thus provide much better performance. Developers will be able to install it from the Windows Store the latest LTS release of the Linux kernel, the 4.19 to the launch. Microsoft has changed slightly this kernel for the optimist to Windows 10, to reduce its ram usage and speed up its launch time.

Champion is now open-source, Microsoft has also announced that the changes and improvements made by its developers at the Linux kernel will be made to the common project. Microsoft will thus be a contributor to the Linux kernel and all his work for WSL 2 will also be open-source. This novelty is expected to be finalized and broadly proposed by the end of the year.

And to accompany WSL, Microsoft also lifted the veil on Windows Terminal, a new app that allows you to use commands from the command line on all the environments of Windows 10. It will work with PowerShell of course, but the historical environment of the company leave room for Linux, and it will be possible to open several tabs, with a different system each time.

Like everything that Microsoft does now, the Windows Terminal is an open-source project and you can find the source code on GitHub. Its output is also expected by the end of the year, with a first beta as soon as this summer.