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January 16, 2017

OpenSUSE Linux lands on Windows 10

The "proper Linux" is now accessible in the Windows 10 Subsystem.

By James Nunns

OpenSUSE is coming to your Windows 10 installation in another sign of the increasing collaboration between Linux and Microsoft products.

What this means is that most openSUSE tools will now be able to run within the Windows 10 operating system.

In a blog post called, ‘Make Windows green again – Part 1’, Hannes Kuhnemund, senior product manager for SUSE Linux Enterprise, wrote that when he first came across Microsoft’s plans for the future of Linux and Bash on Windows 10, he felt “uncomfortable” but came to realise that this was a great opportunity.

openSUSE lands on Windows 10

For some, SUSE Linux is already running on their desktop/laptop and they may not want to use Windows 10, but many who are running it have come across difficulties in running both Windows and Linux and them being truly accessible at the same time.

“You’d either have to go with a dual boot setup, or you may leverage virtualization and run a Linux VM on Windows (or vice versa), or you might be familiar with Cygwin allowing you to run recompiled Linux binaries on Windows. All of those options have their advantages and disadvantages – so do we need another one?” said Kuhnemund.

The SUSE man says that there is a need for the green Linux from SUSE, partly because the company knows what it is doing because it’s been in that business since 1992.

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Basically, SUSE wants people to use its Linux offering to be easily accessible to Windows 10 users. The company describes its offering as “the proper Linux” in the Windows Subsystem for Linux.

To help people out the man from SUSE has written a step by step guide, which can be read here.

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