With all the talk today about Ubuntu on Windows, I thought I would give it a whirl in the brand new Insider Preview 14295. Scott Hanselman seems to indicate that it can be installed, but his blog post is a bit short on specifics:

After turning on Developer Mode in Windows Settings and adding the Feature, run you bash and are prompted to get Ubuntu on Windows from Canonical via the Windows Store...

I downloaded the Preview build 14295 from MSDN, installed as a Windows Pro version on a clean machine, and went into Settings and enabled Developer Mode.

Now what? How do I "[add] the Feature"? I looked in Programs and Features / Turn Windows features on or off, but don't see anything there about Ubuntu or bash. I searched the Windows Store for Ubuntu and Canonical but no luck there.

Am I just jumping the gun? :-)

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    wait until Microsoft provides the steps. – magicandre1981 Mar 31 '16 at 4:51
  • Aw man. You mean delayed gratification? What fun is that? :-) – Michael Geary Mar 31 '16 at 4:55
  • Microsoft didn't make it clear when and where it would be available. Maybe it was announced a bit too soon? – Adam Baxter Apr 2 '16 at 7:38

Scott Hanselman answered my question over on Hacker News, so I thought I'd pass his advice along here:

Builds coming soon first via the Windows Insider Program. Sign up and you'll get it all over Windows Update soon.

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    Same here. Just downloaded the Preview 14295 from MSDN, installed in VB, set to Developer Mode, joined the Insider Program, set to Fast updates. And now I await... and wait. – Eric Duncan Apr 3 '16 at 16:09
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    @EricDuncan Could you let us know when it does roll in for you? – Lennard Fonteijn Apr 5 '16 at 6:42
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    @LennardFonteijn outlined the directions on my blog: eduncan911.com/software/… – Eric Duncan Apr 7 '16 at 5:29
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    I signed for insider preview, and changed my settings on my windows 10 vm, but it still says "it will take some time to receive a build after you change your settings...". Can anyone tell me what "some time" means? How long should I expect to wait to receive the build? – Alex Chance Apr 8 '16 at 19:02

The Bash is available since Build 14316

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Run native Bash on Ubuntu on Windows: In this build, you can natively run Bash in Windows as announced last week at Build 2016. To do this, you first need to turn on Developer Mode via Settings > Update & security > For developers.

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Then search for “Windows Features” and choose “Turn Windows features on or off” and enable Windows Subsystem for Linux (Beta). enter image description here To get Bash installed, open Command Prompt and type “bash”.

Microsoft explained all steps in detail in this blog post.

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