Discuss: Bash on Windows 10

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April 7, 2016 at 06:06:52
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about the upcoming Windows 10 update that adds native Bash capabilities to the command prompt. Discuss here if you think you can make use of this feature, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

Thanks,
Justin


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#1
April 7, 2016 at 06:38:15
Erm. What is bash?

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#2
April 7, 2016 at 08:06:50
@trvlr

bash - stands for born again shell - is the default shell for Linux (bash is a superset of the korn shell which is a superset of the bourne shell used in early Unix systems)

I am assuming that "Bash capabilities" means that some form of a bash shell will be provided with Window's 10. Perhaps it might even replace the Windows command prompt?

Yes, I can see a total command line wonk like myself using it. I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the heads up.

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#3
April 7, 2016 at 08:25:48
I'm not really sure what the difference between this and the other incarnations of Windows Services for UNIX, other than it's now Linux based and has access to Ubuntu's package repository.

Most people don't seem to know WinNT was built with POSIX in mind. POSIX compliance was a requirement of some US government systems, and MS knew there's no money like government money. I figured SFU would fade away along with government's POSIX requirement, but not anymore?

I am enjoying the sys admins proudly proclaiming they no longer have to learn the Windows boxes they administer, so that's a plus.

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#4
April 7, 2016 at 09:06:19
I think that Microsoft are being rather modest in describing this as "bash on Windows". In reality it is a fully-fledged Ubuntu install running natively alongside Windows. This will be a great boon for developers. I'm currently installing gcc to see how well it works. As far as I can tell, you can install any command line Linux program to run on Windows with this setup.

This is much, much more than the Posix subsystem found in earlier versions of NT. This may mean that I can now do my hobby OS development work directly inside Windows.


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#5
April 7, 2016 at 13:32:24
Darn, I thought we were being given the opportunity to bash on Win10.

http://itvision.altervista.org/why-...


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#6
April 7, 2016 at 14:44:12
Pretty cool. Gcc works perfectly and I guess any other terminal-based Linux program will too.

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#7
April 9, 2016 at 11:18:11
Win 10 is the most popular MS OS since Win 8, which doesn't say much. It could do with a good bash.

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#8
April 9, 2016 at 11:42:11
What's this - someone offering to throw a party for windows-10?

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#9
April 9, 2016 at 15:47:06
Yeah, a funeral party.

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#10
April 13, 2016 at 17:42:57
Well, I can't get it going. I presume the bash environment is using some amount of virtualization, which would explain why the option's not showing up. My only active Win10 install is in a VM. Wish to confirm/deny, ijack?

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#11
April 25, 2016 at 16:11:58
I'm having trouble using network interfaces like wlan0 in bash. Yet ofc the internet works fine for win 10. I imagine it's a driver thing?? But I'm a total Linux noob and sadly I thought this would be a good opportunity to break into it. (Wether I was wrong or not-) can anybody help me configure my bash so I can use my interfaces properly in it?

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