WSL2 in Windows 10

Windows 10 versions 1903 and 1909

As reported in August 2020, Support for Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) 2 distros is being backported to Windows 10 version 1903, and 1909!. I'd already moved up to version 2004, for its Docker support.

Windows 10 build 2004

I got excited about What's new in Windows 10, version 2004 for IT Pros

The instructions on the Visual Studio Code blog are helpful, and cover how to:

  • Install Windows 10, version 2004.
  • Install Visual Studio Code.
  • Enable WSL 2 by following the WSL 2 installation guide.
  • Install a linux distribution from the Microsoft store (I have Ubuntu 20.04).
  • Install Docker Desktop Stable or later (I have

Also install:

From my Ubuntu 20.04 shell, I can then type code, and I see:

Installing VS Code Server for x64 (cd9ea6488829f560dc949a8b2fb789f3cdc05f5d)
Downloading: 100%
Unpacking: 100%
Unpacked 2379 files and folders to /home/nrubuntu/.vscode-server/bin/cd9ea6488829f560dc949a8b2fb789f3cdc05f5d.

The new instance of VSCode is connected to Ubuntu 20.04:

WSL remote on Ubuntu 20.04

Windows Terminal Shells

With Windows Terminal, I can now launch additional shells from multiple systems:

Windows Terminal Shells

Scott Hanselman's post on What's the difference between a console, a terminal, and a shell? is interesting.