Build 2016 : Linux Command Line on Windows

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Microsoft is reaching out to Linux developers in a way that the company never has before. “The Bash shell is coming to Windows. Yes, the real Bash is coming to Windows,” said Microsoft’s Kevin Gallo on stage at today’s Build 2016 keynote. The announcement received an uproarious applause from the crowd. The new functionality will be enabled as part of this summer’s Anniversary Update to Windows 10.


  1. The other group of geeks that win out of this are us mac-heads, as bash is the macs default shell as well. I can bash like a god. Now I can be useful on windows too. Neato!

    Now… port Fish shell. THEN I'll be truly impressed.

  2. btw. This is literally not Linux, and there is no such thing as "the Linux command line".

    Linux is an operating system kernel used with the GNU operating system in GNU/Linux. The full name of Bash is GNU Bash.

    The kernel is not being used by MS. That is, they are not using Linux. What they are doing is running parts of the GNU operating system on their secret proprietary NT kernel using user-mode.

    This is remarkably similar to the old Windows Services for Unix which also used user-mode and which could run Unix shells and run Unix programmes etc.

    So, not new, doesn't actually work properly yet (they admit this themselves), it cannot interact with Windows software (because of licencing), and the whole thing was not actually invented by them anyway (but they'll give themselves credit for it).

    All of this is simply Microsoft marketing, nothing to see.

    Why not join us in the free software (free as in freedom) world, where you'll get the real thing, and start getting the benefits of a real free software system like GNU/Linux.

  3. OMG, The beginning of civilisation in windows.

    Does this mean I can remove the windows 10 update blocker now and upgrade my windows 7 after 10 failed my tests and I had to format my system and Re-Install 7?

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