In the past, developers had to swap between multiple environments, PC, Linux, and OSX to be able to develop separate versions of their applications. This gave developers the option of either running a virtual machine, a second, actual machine, or dual booting multiple OS’s on one hard drive. Today at Build, Microsoft announced that they are looking to change that.
Spoken from the mouth of Kevin Gallo at the Build 2016 keynote, you will now be able to run Bash natively on Windows, without the need for a separate Linux environment. This is extraordinary news for developers everywhere, as adding Bash support to Windows will streamline the development process tenfold. The announcement received an astounding amount of applause and positive reaction from the crowd, which should be taken as a testement of how important this move is for developers everywhere.
Quoting Gallo at today’s event:
This is not a VM. This is not cross-compiled tools. This is native. We’ve partnered with Canonical to offer this great experience, which you’ll be able to download right from the Windows Store.”
Microsoft’s own Scott Hanselman has written a blog post detailing the specifics of the move which can be found here, and Microsoft have also published an extremely in-depth 17-minute video to help developers prepare. In case you’re interested, we’ve linked it below.
via: The Verge
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