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Thu, Mar 31, 2016 11:12 pm

Bash on Windows

Microsoft announced yesterday that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which is expected to be shipped this summer, will include support for the Bash shell commonly provided on Unix and Linux systems as well as with Apple OS X systems. Microsoft had previously provided software called Windows Services for Unix (SFU), which provided a Unix subsystem for Microsoft Windows systems, but discontinued that software.

Last year the Microsoft PowerShell Team announced that Microsoft was going to provide SSH server software, a staple for remote management of Unix and Linux systems and server software available by default with OS X. I would certainly be appreciative of having the same command line tools, such as AWK, grep, etc. available under a Bash shell on Linux systems on Microsoft Windows systems, also. And, since I usually install a third-party SSH server application, such as Bitvise SSH Server, Copssh, freeSSHd, PowerShell SSH Server for Windows, or SilverSHield, to be able to remotely connect to Microsoft Windows for command line troubleshooting, I'm hoping that will be available by some this year or next as well, though I'm not aware of the date it is expected to become available.

References:

  1. Ubuntu’s bash and Linux command line coming to Windows 10
    By: Peter Bright
    Date: March 30, 2016
    Ars Technica
  2. Windows 10: /bin/bash-supporting “Anniversary Update” coming this summer
    By: Peter Bright
    Date: March 30, 2016
    Ars Technica
  3. Microsoft bringing SSH to Windows and PowerShell
    By: Peter Bright
    Date: June 2, 2015
    Ars Technica
  4. Windows Services for UNIX Version 3.0
    Microsoft TechNet
  5. Looking Forward: Microsoft Support for Secure Shell (SSH)
    By: PowerShell Team
    Date: June 3, 2015
    Windows PowerShell Blog

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