Updated March 6, 2017: If Kali Linux isn't your style, it turns out that Debian GNU/Linux is now available on the Microsoft Store (opens in new tab) as well.
Since Microsoft introduced the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) in Windows 10, various Linux distributions have been gradually populating the Microsoft Store. The latest to join those ranks is Kali Linux, which Microsoft has announced (opens in new tab) is now up for grabs on the Microsoft Store.
As noted by Neowin, Kali first announced that the distro was available in January, but it wasn't quite ready to work with the WSL at the time. According to Kali, there are some restrictions that mean this setup won't be optimal, but the goal in making Kali available via the WSL is to help consolidate workspaces. From Kali:
Kali Linux can be downloaded directly from the Windows Store now. Be aware that, if this is the first Linux distribution you've downloaded, you'll have to follow Microsoft's instructions for enabling the WSL (opens in new tab) to get things working. Aside from Kali Linux, other distributions available on the Windows Store include Ubuntu, openSUSE Leap, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.
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Is there any reason why an Android distribution can't be ported to run on Windows this way (rather than through virtualization or emulation, as it is now)?
Should release it as UWP. And an app for android also. So we can run android apps in windows phone and pc... Like bluestacks....
It'd have been informative if you included something on how this distribution systems work and how come we don't see Android, not that I care for that OS.
It doesn't matter whether you care for Android or not. Developers do. And at the end of the day a platform is exactly as good as the software that runs on it.
you check out AmbiDuos that let's you run android on windows
Skids unite (once they installs the tools lol)
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