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How to Install the Linux Subsystem for Windows 10

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During the last two years, Microsoft has surprised many by introducing Linux in Windows. Yeah, that’s great news for Linux lovers because they can run both Windows and Linux in one Operating System without using any Virtual Machine. After the success of WSL 1, it is officially announced that Microsoft is revealing the newest architecture of Windows Subsystem for Linux at the end of June 2019. So get ready to install WSL 2 on windows 10. This newer version will be providing a real Linux kernel with Windows that will make full system call compatibility possible and will increase the file system performance.

So in this article, you will learn how to enable the Linux Subsystem for windows 10 and I am 100% sure that at the end of the article you will be able to run Linux in Windows by yourself.

Windows Subsystem for Linux

Before knowing about how to install Linux in Windows, you must have some prior knowledge about what actually Linux subsystem for windows 10 do and why you should be using it.

  • Sometimes it takes hours in Linux even searching a simple problem, most probably while installing drivers and software. On the other hand, windows have always been superb with searching efficiently.
  • If you have installed both Windows and Linux in your computers then it would be very frustrating changing from one OS to another again and again. Virtual Machine’s on the other hand, offers a great solution to run both at the same operating system at the same time but they are quite slow. So what should be better than that if you are availing both at the same platform without compromising OS speed and performance?

As we all know Linux offers splendid stability, effective open-source support and an astonishing array of powerful administration tools and that’s what Windows is trying to provide you within one operating system. Although, windows is not much powerful as Linux operating system is but we are hoping that in WSL 2 windows will appear with great and powerful Linux features and support.

Microsoft has enabled users to install a beta version of a bash shell in windows via Ubuntu and after the update of windows to version(1709), users are now allowed to install the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). You can run powerful shell commands through a real bash shell, manage multiple distros, and even install Linux command line packages and applications with apt-get on WSL.

The thing to remember is while installing Linux subsystem in Windows, the language Microsoft uses to narrate the feature can be confusing up to some extent, making it sound like you’re installing an additional operating system besides your Windows 10 installation. While that’s not true, you are just installing chunks of Linux distribution instead of getting the desktop environment or window manager that we often link with desktop. Moreover, you are not overwriting your Windows 10 files, nor dual-booting your system. Don’t be downhearted, however. Instead of getting a Windows GUI, you’re getting the most powerful and functional part of Linux: the command line interface. With this tool you can take control of the inner functionality of your operating system, using bash commands and command-line applications from Linux.

WSL lets users run bash commands like grep, sed and awk, except bash commands you can also run bash scripts and Linux command-line applications like vim, emacs, and tmux. In Windows Subsystem for Linux, Microsoft also gives you access to programming languages like Javascript and node.js, Ruby, Python, and C/C+, as well as utilities like sshd, MySQL, Apache, and lighttpd. And if the installation doesn’t result in with what you want, you can further install Linux packages using the apt-get package manager.

Enable Windows Subsystem for Linux in the Windows 10

The full version of the Windows Subsystem for Linux is only available for the Windows 10 version (1709) or later. With these version of Windows, you can install the Windows Subsystem for Linux from the Windows Store. All you need to do is some preparation in PowerShell.

Follow the instructions to install Linux Subsystem in Windows 10.

  1. Enable Subsystem in Powershell

Search for “PowerShell” in the Start Menu of Windows 10 to turn on the Subsystem in powershell and choose “Run as Administrator” from the right.

Copy the following command and paste it to the PowerShell command line by right-clicking on the command line window and hit Enter.

Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux

Note: A restart will be required by running the command, don’t get confused and simply press Y to restart your system and it will enable powershell with the restart.

  1. Install Linux distro from the Windows Store

Navigate to the Windows Web Store and search for the distro of Linux you want to install. As in the picture, three distros of Linux are available for installation, including Ubuntu.

From them, choose the Ubuntu distro and click on Get.

It will start downloading Ubuntu so wait for the download to finish.

  1. Launch and Run the Ubuntu

After the successful download, a Launch option will appear, click on it to install Ubuntu on your system.

If you don’t want to launch from the web store, no matter, go to windows search menu and search for Ubuntu.

However, Once the install window opens, wait for the installation process to complete.

Enter your UNIX username and then the password. This can be different from your current Windows username and password or the same because it has no relationship with your existing username and password.

Conclusion:

That’s it, Windows Subsystem for Linux has been installed to your system. Now you can use this distro to run Linux on your Windows 10. From here you can use bash commands, run shell scripts and install extra utilities with apt-get. It’s a fully-featured shell, so the features are about what you’d expect from an actual Linux installation.

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How to Delete Your Facebook Account

How to Delete Your Facebook Account

Are you looking to delete your Facebook account permanently? Deleting Facebook account was a long and tiresome process before but it’s not anymore, as Facebook has simplified the procedure by giving the account deletion option in its settings menu. Most of the Facebook users are moving away from the giant of social media platforms due to their privacy concerns after it was questioned for The Cambridge Analytical case where data of millions of Facebook users was breached. There can be other reasons where you might not find Facebook to be useful or just find it as a waste of time. Well, there can be millions of reasons why you want to quit the largest social media platform and it doesn’t matter what the reason is when you have made up your mind for good.

Facebook allows you to either just deactivate or permanently delete your account, and yes both options have different outcomes. If you deactivate your account, it will keep all your information for you and your friends but will keep you away and uninformed from all the activities happening in the Facebook’s Universe, until you decide to reactivate it back when you think the time is right. On the contrary, permanently deleting your Facebook means all of the information that is kept in your account or is related to you will be gone forever with your account and you cannot reactivate it back. Similarly, all the apps that you used to log in with your Facebook account will also lose all the access and data. So if you want to permanently delete your Facebook account, this article will guide you on how to do it.

So let’s start with the guide…

Deleting Facebook Account

To delete your account for good, go on and log in to your Facebook and just follow the steps given below.

How to Delete Your Facebook Account

From your Facebook home page, click on the overflow arrow icon located on the top right corner of the page as shown above. This will drop down a contextual menu with some options. Simply click on the Settings option as highlighted. This will direct you to Facebook’s Settings page.

How to Delete Your Facebook Account

From Facebook settings page, under the navigation menu pane located at the left side of the page, select the “Your Facebook Information” option as highlighted above. This will open up the “Your Facebook information” setting pane. Now click on the “Delete your account and information” option as highlighted.

How to Delete Your Facebook Account

After clicking on the Delete your account and information option you will be directed to the permanently delete account dialog box as shown above. Facebook, all the way will try to stop you from permanently deleting your account by showing you different methods to not to delete Facebook, just to keep your data intact with them. In the dialog box you can see three different options:

  1. The first option allows you to deactivate your account instead of deleting it permanently. This allows you to keep your information visible and you will also be able to use Messenger whilst deactivated. Selecting this option will ask you to enter your Facebook password then take you to set of options in a dialog box to specify the reason of deactivating your account. You can always return back just by usual log-in.
  2. Facebook allows you to download your information before deleting your account. If you want to save the information on your Facebook which includes almost every interaction you made while using Facebook which mainly includes your messages, photos, posts etc. Clicking on the Download info button will direct you to the information archive page, from where you can customize the information which allows you to select exactly what type of information you want to download by selecting from given options and then create a downloadable file. If you have a lot of information stored then it might take a while to create and download.
  3. Facebook shows you how many pages you were admin for and allows you to edit the page admin settings by clicking on the Edit Admin Settings button just to add an existing user to keep your page live and active for Facebook users, otherwise the page will be deleted for you and for Facebook users if you choose to delete your account without giving admin permissions to any other active user.

How to Delete Your Facebook Account

If you don’t feel like performing any of the above-mentioned options and doesn’t bother any of your concern then just go on and click on the Delete Account button in the Permanently delete account dialog box as highlighted above.

How to Delete Your Facebook Account

After clicking on the Delete Account button, a confirmation box will pop up asking checking if this is really your account by acquiring your password. Just type in your password in the Password text field and then click on the Continue button as highlighted above.

How to Delete Your Facebook Account

After clicking on the Continue button, there will be another confirmation message in which Facebook will inform you that after clicking on the Delete Account button your account will be deactivated but you will still have 30 days to reactivate and cancel the account deletion process if you change your mind interim. Go on, take a deep breath and click on the Delete Account button.

That’s it! Hope this article has helped you know how to delete your Facebook account for good. If you have any confusion or experienced any difficulty following the instructions given above, please let us know in the comment section below.

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