Microsoft to Bring a Full Linux Kernel in Windows 10 Update

Windows 10 To Get Linux Kernel Update

Given that they are two operating systems seemingly in direct competition, you would be forgiven for thinking that Microsoft would prefer to pretend that Linux didn’t exist. While Linux isn’t, of course, on the same ‘level’ as Windows, it has a very strong fanbase.

Over recent years, however, Microsoft has seemingly been making more than a few overtures to incorporate aspects of the operating system into their Windows 10 release. In a report via The Verge, however, this is going to proceed to a never before seen level. Microsoft has confirmed that an upcoming Summer update to Windows 10 will include a fully fledged Linux Kernal.

What Can We Expect?

Microsoft’s program manager Jack Hammons has said: “Beginning with Windows Insiders builds this Summer. We will include an in-house custom-built Linux kernel to underpin the newest version of the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). The kernel itself will initially be based on version 4.19, the latest long-term stable release of Linux. The kernel will be rebased at the designation of new long-term stable releases to ensure that the WSL kernel always has the latest Linux goodness.”

This is, without a doubt, a very surprising move by Microsoft. One which very few would’ve expected. Let alone anticipated!

What Do We Think?

This is certainly an unexpected announcement. It’s also certainly the single biggest move (to date) in which Microsoft has so directly looked to link their own operating system with the Linux platform.

Set to be released as part of the Summer update (19H2) Microsoft has said that the kernel will form a part of future updates. If that wasn’t enough, it will be fully open-sourced and should significantly improve the performance of the subsystem.

So, I guess if you are a fan of the Linux operating system, this is going to be a very interesting Summer.

What do you think? Are you looking forward to this update? In addition, which operating system do you use? – Let us know in the comments!

Mike Sanders

Disqus Comments Loading...

Recent Posts

ASRock Updates Website With More Info On AM5 X670E Taichi Motherboard

Initially revealed back at Computex a little over a month ago, with the official unveiling…

11 hours ago

Netflix Confirms ‘Ad Tier’ May Arrive Before the End of the Year

Netflix is currently in the middle of something which can only be described as a…

11 hours ago

FromSoftware Recruiting for New Gaming Title (While Hinting Another Imminent Release)

Released earlier this year to critical acclaim from both fans and critics, FromSoftware is undoubtedly…

11 hours ago

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1630 Now Rumoured for June 28th Release

Earlier this year, rumours began to appear online suggesting that Nvidia was planning the launch…

11 hours ago

Intel i9-13900 Engineering Sample Suggests 20% Performance Gain on Alder Lake

At some point around September/October this year (give or take) Intel is expected to announce…

11 hours ago

AMD Confirms Radeon 7000 GPUs Will Require More Power!

Immediately prior to the release of current-gen graphics cards, one of the most consistent debated…

1 day ago