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Any software relying on systemd or low-level hardware accessibility might fail due to missing support from the current Windows kernel interface.

As WSL is a pretty new project from Microsoft improvement can be expected to happen with every new Windows 10 stable channel release (approx. every 6 months).

The app launcher will be updated for stable release features respectively.
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You can also leave feedback and issued at the official Debian Salsa repository (https://salsa.debian.org/Debian/WSL)

== Kown Issues ==

Any software relying on systemd or low-level hardware accessibility might fail due to missing support from the current Windows kernel or virtualization interface.
As WSL is a pretty new project from Microsoft improvement can be expected to happen with every new Windows 10 stable channel release (approx. every 6 months).
The app launcher will be updated to support stable release features continuously.

Microsoft is preparing GUI application support (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wsl/tutorials/gui-apps).

The prerequesits in Debian testing are almost ready (https://salsa.debian.org/xorg-team/lib/mesa/-/commits/debian-unstable?utf8=%E2%9C%93&search=WSL).

This wiki page will be updated with a guide on how to use this new feature once mesa v21 hits Debian testing.

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 How do I keep my Debian environment up-to-date :: as with any other Debian installation use apt/apt-get to install and update software from the official Debian mirrors (e.g., "apt update && apt dist-upgrade")
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 How many people are using Debian via WSL? :: Approximately 490,000 at last count (unique installs according to the Microsoft Partner Center dashboard).  How many people are using Debian via WSL? :: Approximately 1,021,740 at last count (unique installs according to the Microsoft Partner Center dashboard).
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The app code resides in salsa: The full app code and all build dependencies can be found in salsa:
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You can also leave known issues there.

About

As of March 2018 Debian is available for Windows users through the Windows store as an app for the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).

The app gives you a Debian stable command line environment running on the Windows kernel (WSL1) or Hyper-V with the new WSL2 interface depending on your Windows 10 release version. Most of the packages in Debian stable should "just work".

Install

To use the store app you have to enable the WSL subsystem first by following the guide.

Afterwards just install the Debian app from the Microsoft Store.

You will be asked to define a user and password upon first start. This user will also be given sudo rights.

There is a way to install the Debian WSL distro offline & without using Microsoft Market.

Further information about the ongoing development of WSL can be found over at the Microsoft blog:

Feedback

Please use the Microsoft Store review/feedback to report bugs or feature requests for now.

There is a IRC channel on OFTC to discuss WSL related stuff: #debian-wsl

You can also leave feedback and issued at the official Debian Salsa repository (https://salsa.debian.org/Debian/WSL)

Kown Issues

Any software relying on systemd or low-level hardware accessibility might fail due to missing support from the current Windows kernel or virtualization interface. As WSL is a pretty new project from Microsoft improvement can be expected to happen with every new Windows 10 stable channel release (approx. every 6 months). The app launcher will be updated to support stable release features continuously.

Microsoft is preparing GUI application support (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/wsl/tutorials/gui-apps).

The prerequesits in Debian testing are almost ready (https://salsa.debian.org/xorg-team/lib/mesa/-/commits/debian-unstable?utf8=%E2%9C%93&search=WSL).

This wiki page will be updated with a guide on how to use this new feature once mesa v21 hits Debian testing.

FAQ

How do I keep my Debian environment up-to-date

as with any other Debian installation use apt/apt-get to install and update software from the official Debian mirrors (e.g., "apt update && apt dist-upgrade")

How do I install a newer release?
You can install the app, change your sources.list and upgrade your install as with every other Debian installation.
How many people are using Debian via WSL?
Approximately 1,021,740 at last count (unique installs according to the Microsoft Partner Center dashboard).

Code & Issues

The full app code and all build dependencies can be found in salsa:

https://salsa.debian.org/Debian/WSL