Microsoft has announced that Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is now available for Windows 10 and 11 users only from the Microsoft Store.
It appears that Microsoft is discontinuing the delivery of WSL as an optional component of the Windows operating system. Making it available through the Microsoft Store will make it faster to download updates.
The Store version is now the default for users who will run the wsl –install command, while existing users can easily upgrade their current WSL by running wsl –update.
On Craig Loewen announced, Windows Program Manager, who explains that to get the Store version, Windows 10 and Windows 11 users must have the appropriate versions for their systems. Specifically, Windows 10 requires version 21H1, 21H2, or 22H2, while Windows 11 needs 21H2 or later with all November updates.
In addition to making the Store version available for both Windows 11 and Windows 10, users of the latter operating system can now access GUI Linux apps that were only available before. The default WSL Store version also comes with a bunch of new features and offers hundreds of bug fixes and improvements.
You can find detailed instructions for installing and running Linux GUI applications at official WSLg GitHub page.