Windows 10 bash shell now better than ever before.

Posted: February 17, 2017. At: 10:18 AM. This was 1 year ago. Post ID: 10264
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I have just installed the Windows 10 15025 build and the bash shell. I have to say that it works way better than earlier versions. The apt update and the apt upgrade commands worked straight away. And ping works now. The networking is greatly improved. This is a good asset to the Windows 10 desktop operating system. This is a killer SSH client and useful for practicing Linux commands while using Windows 10. Despite the annoying Cortana voice during installation, this is a very good Windows release. The very useful bash shell makes Windows 10 good on my laptop. Powershell allows remote connections like SSH, this can be used for administering a remote server with the command line.

I installed the Apache web server thusly.

[email protected]:/mnt/c/Users/johnc$ sudo apt install lamp-server^

And then started it up.

[email protected]:/mnt/c/Users/johnc$ sudo service apache2 start

And it worked first time.

Apache web server running in the Windows 10 bash shell.
Apache web server running in the Windows 10 bash shell.

This is very nice. Now a Windows 10 user could install Apache and develop web applications and test them with a very light web server. The problems inherent in the earlier Windows 10 releases have been fixed. Finally Microsoft are listening to their customers and delivering a good product. Good news. So, this is just like the feature in Windows Server 2008 R2 where you could install a feature and this would give you a CSH Linux shell. But this is much better. Very useful to run Linux applications like Emacs and VIM as well as do some programming.

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