Microsoft Announces Windows Subsystem for Linux 2

Microsoft has announced the second version of Windows Subsystem for Linux, the company’s own platform that lets users run Linux on top of Windows 10.

Simply called Windows Subsystem for Linux 2, or WSL 2, this new version comes with substantial file system performance increases and full system call compatibility.

In a blog post detailing the tweaks the company has given to WSL with this new release, Microsoft explains that WSL 2 is mostly based on feedback, addressing top requests like more apps working inside of WSL.

“WSL 2 is a new version of the architecture that powers the Windows Subsystem for Linux to run ELF64 Linux binaries on Windows. This new architecture changes how these Linux binaries interact with Windows and your computer’s hardware, but still provides the same user experience as in WSL 1 (the current widely available version),” Microsoft explains.

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