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by Graham Williams
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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 following command:

> 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:

> ubuntu1804

Ubuntu is now running within Windows. The following commands then illustrate a GUI based demonstration.

$ export DISPLAY=
$ sudo apt-get install wajig
$ wajig install python3-pip
$ pip3 install mlhub
$ ml configure
$ ml install animate
$ ml configure animate
$ ml demo animate

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