GNU/Linux Desktop Survival Guide
by Graham Williams
Setup WSL with Ubuntu
20190511 The steps to install WSL and then Ubuntu on a Windows 10 system are quite simple. Microsoft's instructions are summarised below.
First, enable the optional Windows 10 feature known as Windows
Subsystem for Linux. From a PowerShell this is enabled using the
> Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux
Now download and install the Ubuntu 18.04 distribution from the
Microsoft Store. It is a free application. Once you have obtained the
app click the Launch button in the Microsoft Store. This will install
and configure the Ubuntu distribution, including asking you to create
a new username. Once you get to a shell prompt enter the following
command to update the operating system:
$ sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
Also install XMing as the X Windows server for Windows 10 so that graphical applications running on Ubuntu can display onto the Windows 10 desktop.
Ubuntu 18.04 can then be started from PowerShell with:
Ubuntu is now running within Windows. The following commands then
illustrate a GUI based demonstration.
$ export DISPLAY=127.0.0.1:0.0 $ sudo apt-get install wajig $ wajig install python3-pip $ pip3 install mlhub $ ml configure $ ml install animate $ ml configure animate $ ml demo animate