Oracle Linux 8.5 now available through the Microsoft Store

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What you need to know

  • Oracle Linux 8.5 is now available through the Microsoft Store.
  • Some IT admins and enterprise users prefer Oracle Linux over other Linux distributions because it supports containers and virtualization in a single offering.
  • Oracle Linux 8.5 installs through the Windows Subsystem for Linux.

Lovers of Linux have a new option to use on Windows PCs. Oracle Linux 8.5 recently launched through the Microsoft Store, allowing developers, IT admins, and enterprise users to run another Linux distribution on their PCs. Oracle Linux 8.5 installs through the Windows Subsystem for Linux, which is available on both Windows 11 and Windows 10.

The app listing for Oracle Linux 8.5 doesn't provide many details for those that don't already know how it differs from other distributions of Linux. Oracle's website is more helpful on that front:

An open and complete operating environment, Oracle Linux delivers virtualization, management, and cloud native computing tools, along with the operating system, in a single support offering. Oracle Linux is 100% application binary compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Since Oracle Linux supports both containers and virtualization, it is considered a popular pick with enterprise users and those in IT.

When you download Oracle Linux 8.5, it installs on the Windows Subsystem for Linux. To launch Oracle Linux, you'll need to type "oraclelinux85" into the Command Prompt or click the app's icon in the Start menu.

We have a guide on how to install Linux WSL2 on Windows 10 and Windows 11 if you're new to using Linux on Windows.

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Oracle Linux packs containers, virtualization, and more into a single offering. It's now available through the Microsoft Store.

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  • I didn't know Oracle made a Linux distro. That's cool!
  • I wouldn't be so excited about that...
    Oracle has a long & checkered history, of not playing nice [at all] in the F/OSS world. Still, no one will blink about this distro*, they made their bed long ago;
    Nothing they make "in the interests of the F/OSS community" takes off nowadays. *except for some entwined in Oracle's 'ecosystem', & even then it won't be 1st choice
  • Yep - look what they did with the Java JRE stuff. All free until recently, now chargeable if used in a business environment. They're getting ready to do audit checks of companies that just clicked 'next' when the licence warning appeared.
    I use different JRE for any installs now.
  • You know that Oracle also makes Virtualbox which is good, open-source and you know, popular?
  • Oracle... now poisoning the Linux well.