Microsoft has recently published a comprehensive guide on installing Linux. This step reaffirms Microsoft’s commitment to embracing Linux, a commitment encapsulated in their motto, “Microsoft loves Linux.”
Microsoft guide on installing Linux is broken down into four digestible steps, making it accessible even for those who are new to the Linux ecosystem.
The first step involves choosing an installation method. Users have the luxury of options here — whether to go for the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), a Virtual Machine (VM), a local installation, or even a cloud-based one. Microsoft doesn’t just throw these options at you; they guide you through the decision-making process with tailored recommendations.
The second step is all about selecting the right Linux distribution for you. Microsoft offers valuable tips on what to consider, such as your level of experience, the performance capabilities of your system, and the availability of community support. This aligns well with the various linux installation methods available, ensuring that you make an informed decision.
Step three dives into the nitty-gritty of the actual installation process. Microsoft provides detailed advice on installing Linux through WSL, VM, cloud, or via a bootable USB stick. They even specify that a USB drive with at least 16 GB of storage is generally required. Tools like BalenaEtcher, Rufus, and UNetbootin are cited as reliable options for creating bootable media.
The final step is all about getting acquainted with your new Linux system. Microsoft guides you through understanding the package manager and the plethora of software options available. This is particularly beneficial for those who are new to Linux.
The timing of this guide’s release is far from coincidental. Microsoft recently made it impossible to activate Windows 10 and 11 with keys from older versions like Windows 7 or 8. This leaves users with the option of purchasing a new license or considering Linux as a free and secure alternative, which continues to receive security updates.