Bash in Windows 10, it’s weird

Bash in Windows 10

Bash shell in Windows 10.

Last weekend, I finally pulled my finger out and got around to installing the Windows 10 Anniversary update on my dual boot X220. The installation was painless and I didn’t experience any horror stories, thankfully.

After the update was installed, the very first thing I did was to enable the new Windows Subsystem for Linux feature.

Now, I’ve read an awful lot about Bash on Windows, but reading about it and actually trying it are two totally different experiences. Using Bash in Windows just feels weird. Good, but weird. It almost feels like I’ve been transported into some sort of twisted parallel universe where I’m using something that simply shouldn’t exist. Not that I’m complaining, I think it’s marvellous, and weird.

Anyhow, putting the weirdness aside, for someone like me who turns to Bash for all manner of tasks, this elevates Windows into the league of “proper” Operating Systems, along with Linux and OS X.

Kudos to Microsoft and Canonical.

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