Install Ubuntu on Windows 10 in 2021

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The time has come to install Ubuntu on Windows, courtesy of Microsoft’s embracing of the new realities of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Microsoft today ships a fully functional and Linux kernel side by side with Windows. But what does that mean in terms of you using it today?

No, you don’t have to be on the Windows Insider Program anymore. I did it on version 20H2 build 19042.804. First you have to activate the Windows Subsystem for Linux through a difficult to find part of Settings. That’s reboot #1. Immediately after, you can download Ubuntu 20.04 from the Microsoft Store, but you shouldn’t. Watch this video to avoid the mistake I made.

What you want to do next is change the default mode of WSL to 2. I failed to do this before the Ubuntu install so I had to upgrade the installation. In attempting to do the upgrade I learned that the virtual machine mode had to be enabled, and I explain the hardware-level Intel Hypervisor that makes this sort of virtualization high performance. So I activated it. Reboot #2.

After the 2nd reboot, I was able to upgrade the WSL1 instance into a WSL2 instance. Also demonstrated doing a Sufi apt-get update and upgrade to get the Ubuntu instance up to the latest. Put the Ubuntu launcher icon in a shortcut to show how fast you can get a genuine Ubuntu Linux terminal in Windows.
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