Embracing complete. Beginning extension… https://t.co/EUI6Rg7M36
— KH Yeo (@icedwater) August 7, 2016
(a reference to “embrace, extend, and extinguish” , in case you don’t already know that.)
I’ll update this post as I follow the blogged process…
So I’d held off actually trying it until today when I was prompted by a tweet from someone I’m following. Not gonna lie; I’m going to post this first because as with any Windows updates, this might be the last time I’m using Windows… but as the headline says, I wanted to give New Microsoft more of a Fair Go (TM) than I’d previously bothered to.
As of 11.50pm, August 8th, Singapore time, I’d found out that I was running Windows 10.0.10586, and the latest patch I had was 1511 (the Anniversary patch that was supposed to enable this feature is 1607) so I’m going to restart and pull more updates.
After a couple of restarts, I was informed my computer was already up to date, so I had to pull the Anniversary Update manually. This was a 5.5MB .exe file to get the update into the system. Time check (with 2 restarts and a bit of Olympic swimming in the background): 12.30am, August 9th.
All right… as of 12.55am, we’re done downloading and verifying and at 76% of updating.
It took me till 2.50am, with several false restarts (thanks to Ubuntu being my default choice on Grub, and me stepping away from the screen at the wrong times) to boot into the new Windows 10. Sure enough, running cmd shows I’m on 10.0.14393. By the way, I also decided to turn off all the “Express settings” they suggested before the final boot into Win10. Except SmartScreen.
So I am finally at the stage where I can turn on the Linux subsystem… after just about 2.5 hours of updating. Which translates to maybe 1.5-2 hours of “real-time” without distractions and delays.
One reboot in, it was done. I just ran cmd, entered “bash”, and the Ubuntu-on-Windows was set up. It took under a minute to download but a few more to extract and install.
Then I was prompted for a Linux username and password. Unfortunately, I lost the aka.ms short URL where documentation was promised. Looking good so far! According to /etc/apt/sources.list the repos are official ubuntu archives (at trusty for the time being). But I’ll stop here.
I’ll have a follow up post tomorrow where I poke around with other stuff, like where the filesystems sit (default $HOME is /mnt/c/Users/Username) , and if other Linux-isms can work.
I suppose I’m helping with the embrace stage of Microsoft’s strategy, if they still secretly plan to do that, but it’s really such a relief to be able to use bash-isms on Windows as well, since I have to use Windows for some work activities and would not mind being a little more productive then.