Linux on Windows

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Sometime this summer when a Windows 10 user gets an update. They will find that there is now a Linux Bash shell available to them.

Bash is the most commonly used shell in the *nix world. The majority of scripts are written in it and most *nix users spend a lot of time in Bash.

Microsoft has partnered with Canonical, the maker of the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution, to bring this Bash shell to life in Windows. This is not going to be a VM or other kind of emulator. This is a true Bash application on Windows.

It’s made possible by a new Windows subsystem for Linux. It’s not yet complete of course so somethings are not working but beta testers are out there working on it.

Some folks in the Linux community don’t like the idea at all. While others do like the idea. Many Linux users, administrators, and developers do operate on a Windows computer for their day to day work. This will help them with the administration and development of the Linux servers they hold dear.

I am going to withhold judgement on it until more information comes out on it. But it is very interesting and worth keeping an eye on its progress.

3rd Generation Raspberry Pi

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Well the folks at the Raspberry Pi Foundation have come out with the 3rd generation Raspberry Pi board. And I am amazed. It has a faster 64bit processor than previous versions. It also now has Bluetooth and wireless built in. And compared to my 1st generation Raspberry Pi board, this one makes me want to get the new version. And I will.

And of course it still runs Linux and even since the 2nd generation Microsoft has gotten into the RPi act and made an RPi Windows 10 version as well for those interested in that. I might go ahead and turn my old RPi into a full time media server and then use the new one to play around with and see what I can do with it.

The sad part is, with the 3rd generation of the Raspberry Pi, they will be hard to obtain at first until production meets the demand. But still at just $35 for the board. It’s the best deal out there for a computer.

Check out the 3rd Generation Raspberry Pi