This documentation refers to the Ubuntu distribution for WSL.
Windows Subsystem for Linux¶
Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) lets developers run a GNU/Linux environment – including most command-line tools, utilities, and applications – directly on Windows, unmodified, without the overhead of a traditional virtual machine or dual-boot setup. It is a Microsoft product, developed, maintained and documented by Microsoft. You can find their documentation here.
WSL can be installed from the Microsoft Store.
Ubuntu and WSL¶
While Microsoft provides the virtual machine, the kernel, and a few more utilities; Ubuntu provides the distribution that runs on top of them. We develop multiple flavours of Ubuntu for WSL, which you can read more about here. These flavours materialise as applications on the Microsoft Store.