We tell you how to activate Ubuntu in Windows 10, now that bash is included in the system.
In all the years I’ve been writing about technology, I never imagined the day would come when I would sign an article about the possibility of using Linux and Windows together, officially and supported by Microsoft.
But for things of destiny, here we are. Canonical and Microsoft reached an agreement, by which the Ubuntu technology will be included in Windows 10; We are not talking about a virtual machine running Ubuntu or anything like that, they really are the same executables from the Linux distro, available as standard in Windows.
Does that mean we can use the Ubuntu desktop in Windows 10? Not so fast. Although it has been shown that this is possible, it is not recommended since the result is not usable and this collaboration was not done to begin with. The only thing you will get is bash, a terminal where you can run Ubuntu programs.
After an initial release dedicated to Windows Insider members only, now and thanks to the Anniversary Update the time has come for anyone to activate Ubuntu on Windows 10, and now we will tell you how to do it, and how to get the latest version of Ubuntu.
How to activate Ubuntu in Windows 10
First of all, you need to make sure that You are running the 64-bit version of Windows 10, since this functionality is not available in 32-bit versions. You should also make sure you have the Windows 10 Anniversary Update installed; We tell you how to force the installation here.
Once everything is ready, the first thing to do is enable Windows 10 developer mode, since this functionality is specially designed for developers and system administrators, and not so much for the average user.
To activate this mode, you must open the start menu, click on the Configuration icon, Access Update & Security and on the For Programmers tab activate Programmer Mode. Some packages will be downloaded and after a moment we will be asked to restart the computer.
When we restart, we open the start menu and We are looking to activate or deactivate Windows features And we started this menu that will allow us to remove or add Windows functionalities, such as servers or compatibility plugins. For example, here we can disable Internet Explorer 11 if we don’t want it on the computer.
But that does not interest us now, what we want is to find the option Windows Subsystem for Linux (Beta), and activate it. When we click OK to start the installation, and when it finishes we will have to restart again (that’s Windows).
Finally, we only have to complete the bash installation. All we have to do is look for bash in the start menu and press Enter. It is normal that no special icon appears and it seems that we are not opening any program.
A terminal will open in which we will be notified that Ubuntu will finally be installed in Windows; The last step we have to do is type y (without quotes) and press Enter. Files will be downloaded from the Windows Store.
When finished, we have to set up an account, which be independent of our Windows account. Therefore, we can use the same name and password that we use in Windows, or a different combination, as we please or suit us (it is possible that for security reasons we are not interested in using the same access data).
That’s it, we have already managed to activate Ubuntu in Windows 10.
Now when we look for bash in the start menu we will see the famous Ubuntu icon and everything.
When we press it, the bash terminal will open and we can start using it as if we were in Linux.
We have the basic commands at our disposal, of course, and we can install programs from the Ubuntu repositories; In my case, I have installed mc to navigate directories more easily with sudo apt-get install mc. It is at these times that a command reference table can be very useful if you have not used Linux.
If you know the minimum of Ubuntu, you will know that the fact that you have used apt-get attests to the many possibilities offered by this implementation Ubuntu in Windows 10. That means we can install any package from the repositories, add additional repositories, libraries, and anything we can think of. We could even start the desktop, although in this case the result is not ideal.
Only time will tell what is possible using this implementation of Ubuntu on Windows 10, but the foundation seems robust and the collaboration between Canonical and Microsoft could continue in the future, who knows.