What's even better than WSL? WSL enhanced with features that only Windows could apply to the Linux experience, such as this community-built tool to integrate Windows Hello to authenticate the sudo command inside your Linux distros.
WSL 2 on Windows 10 and 11 is a seriously powerful tool and while not exactly like running a dedicated Linux machine, there's a ton of freedom to customize it in ways you might not have thought about. We'll show you how to install Linux Mint on WSL despite it not being available through the Microsoft Store.
In this guide, we'll show you the steps to install Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) as well as the steps to download and install distros of Linux (such as Ubuntu and Suse) using the Settings app and PowerShell commands.