What’s new: changes to Windows Subsystem for Linux in latest Windows 10 build

This is a summary of public Windows Subsystem for Linux changes for the latest Windows 10 Fast Ring build and recent builds. There is a master listing of current build vs. Ring

2017-06-09: Build 16215 this build retains the Bash bug introduced around 16193 where .bashrc and .bash_aliases are partially ignored. I have noted a workaround for this bug using .bash_profile. Also, WSL no longer requires Developer Mode to install.

Build 16193 allow WSL following of NTFS symlinks via DrvFS-mount

2017-04-28: Build 16184: Minor fixes

2017-04-18: Build 16176: Major updates enabling

  1. USB-serial converters as well as traditional hardware serial COM ports from WSL.
  2. USB drives (NTFS, FAT, ExFAT–but NOT Ext3/BTRFS etc), CD/DVD, and UNC network shares from WSL.

2017-02-02: Build 15025: Numerous IPv6, networking, etc. bugs fixed.

2017-01-27: Build 15019: Correct reporting of CPU usage percent.

2017-01-19: Build 15014: PARTIAL FIX of Ctrl C not working in Bash. Ctrl C is not totally fixed: WSL Github Issue #1583

2017-01-12: Build 15007: FIXED 100% CPU issue, Ctrl C still not working.

2017-01-09: Build 15002: BIG BREAKING BUG for WSL: Ctrl C doesn’t work, and 100% CPU usage. You might temporarily switch to Slow Ring if you haven’t already installed Build 15002. Added support for shared memory calls.

2016-12-14: Build 14986 Slow Ring: fixed timer_create bug that impacted Haskell severely.

2016-11-17: Build 14971: NO public WSL changes

2016-11-09: Build 14965: Fixed ifconfig and ip commands, enhanced networking in WSL

2016-11-03: Build 14959: Improve Pico Process notifications, allowing better interoperability of antivirus products with WSL.

2016-10-25: Build 14955: NO public WSL changes.

2016-10-19: Build 14951 Two huge improvements:

  1. Ubuntu 16.04 in WSL
  2. Launch Windows binaries from WSL (Cygwin can do this too)

WSL References:

Windows Subsystem for Linux Release Notes

Windows Subsystem for Linux: About with link to issue trackers, presentations, etc.

Microsoft WSL Blog

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