On October 11 (local time), Microsoft released a preview version of Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) for Windows 11 through the Microsoft Store. It’s not a new version, it’s the same as the old WSL2. The official blog explains that the purpose is to provide users with the latest WSL updates and features faster.
WSL is a structure that operates Linux in a Windows environment and is a convenient function for system development. Until now, it was part of Windows installed as an optional Windows component. Therefore, to use WSL, you must change the Windows settings and restart the computer for the update to take place.
With this change, however, these binaries have been removed from Windows and instead become individual apps available in the Store. This allows the WSL to be updated without the user having to update or restart the Windows body.
The store version of WSL is in preview, but there are already many new features added to Windows 11. In other words, WSLg also has a new wsl.exe mount function. The Linux kernel is updated to 184.108.40.206 and also features a progress indicator helper, including a message indicating that WSL is still running.
Windows 11 build 22000 or higher is required to install the app version WSL from the store. It is also essential that the Virtual Machine Platform optional component is enabled. If these conditions are met, you can install WSL from the repository and put any supported Linux distribution into it.
Also, if you have already installed Windows and all-in-one WSL, you can install the repository WSL preview version and run both versions at the same time. However, it is said that the WSL store version always takes precedence.
Microsoft says its goal is to make WSL the best way to install and use WSL in the Microsoft Store, and in the long run, to get WSL users to use the Store version. In the future, it will be possible to save time and hassle of updating by making it easier to use the Linux environment on Windows 11. Related information can be found here.