Microsoft last week announced a list of changes to its popular PC operating system Windows 10 at its Build 2019 developer conference. One of the mentioned changes is the inclusion of native support for the Linux kernel. Just a week after the announcement, we see that Arch Linux, one of the many Linux distros out there, is now available for download in the Microsoft Store. Here you can go about how to install it.
Unlike other Linux distros available in the Microsoft Store, Arch Linux is not recommended for newbies, as Fosbites noted in its article. To begin the installation of Arch Linux, you must first enable the Windows Subsystem (WSL) feature for Linux. To do this, open Run, type “optionalfeatures.exe” and then press OK. In the Windows Properties dialog box that appears next, check the box saying “Windows subsystem for Linux”. On some PCs the name of the feature may be attested in parentheses with “beta”.
You can then go to the Microsoft Store to download WSL Arch Linux. According to the app, Arch Linux S mode will not work on Windows 10 powered PCs. You must exit S mode to proceed with the installation, which is a one-time step. “When your system is ready, start” archlinux “in cmd.exe, or start Arch Linux from the Start menu,” read the last line of instructions in the app’s description.
Originally released in early 2002, Arch Linux is a general purpose Linux distro designed to run on 32-bit and 64-bit PCs. Unlike many other Linux distros (such as Ubuntu) that use a fixed release model, Arch Linux uses a “rolling release” model. This means that new packages are installed every day to keep the system and bundled applications updated. However, the Destro monthly update gets the ISO image. You can read more about Arc Linux here.