September 25, 2020

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS is on Microsoft Store

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Ubuntu 20.04 LTS is Canonical’s upcoming new long-term support version, but this version is currently still in the beta channel for testing, so the official version has not been released. Canonical will provide up to 10 years of support for the LTS series version.

Interestingly, although the official version has not yet been released, Canonical has put Ubuntu 20.04 LTS on the Microsoft Store. According to the description, this version is actually the official version, so if there is no accident, the official version of other channels of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS will also be official rollout.

The Ubuntu 20.04 LTS on the Microsoft Store this time is an independent version. This version does not conflict with the existing Ubuntu subsystem in the Microsoft Store.

If you want to run Ubuntu 20.04 LTS version after installation, you need to run ubuntu2004 in the command prompt or click the automatically generated Ubuntu icon in the start menu. To use this feature, one first needs to use “Turn Windows features on or off” and select “Windows Subsystem for Linux“, click OK, reboot, and use this app.

The above step can also be performed using Administrator PowerShell prompt:

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

In terms of functions, Ubuntu 20.04 LTS version supports the use of Ubuntu Terminal and various conventional commands such as bash, ssh, git, apt, etc. It should be reminded that the Windows 10 S version or S mode does not support the use of the WSL subsystem due to its own limitations, so it is impossible to install Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.