How to Install Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) on Windows 11


Back in 2016, Microsoft introduced Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). It allows developers to run a GNU/Linux environment on Windows without a dual boot or setting up a virtual machine. In this environment, you can run many command-line utilities, tools, and apps.

In 2019, WSL2, an improvement of version 1, is released. To get improved compatibility, this new version runs a full Linux kernel in a Hyper-V hypervisor. When enabling this feature, a Microsoft-built Linux kernel running in the background will be downloaded and Windows keeps the kernel updated.

To use WSL2, Windows 10 should be version 1903 or higher with Build 18362 or higher for x64 systems while for ARM64 systems, the system should be version 2004 or higher with Build 19041 or higher. Besides, if you are running Windows 11, all the editions including Home are supported.

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