You have probably heard of Windows Subsystem for Linux or WSL, this is a feature that you can enable in Windows 10 to natively run Linux command, and application on your Windows machine without running in a separate virtual machine.

Microsoft made a couple of Linux distributions available to name a few

and more, just search for Linux in the Microsoft public Store

 

I choose to install openSUSE, and wanted to see if it was possible to run a desktop environment as well.

There is a free and open-source desktop environment for Linux and Unix called Xfce, if you heard of GNOME it is similar to this (but Xfce is not GNOME fork)

 

How do you get all this going then? Well first enable Windows  Subsystem for Linux

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Choose to install you favorite Linux distribution from Microsoft Store, my choice this time is ubuntu, but I have tested the same with Kali Linux.

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What for the installation and launch the Linux prompt, search for ubuntu in the start menu.

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First make sure to update your Linux installation, with these commands

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

 

Now time to install wget to download Xfce, may not be needed on some distributions

sudo apt-get install wget

 

Now time to download and install Xfce, goodies (optional), and start the service

sudo apt-get install xfce4

sudo apt-get install xfce4-goodies

sudo apt-get install xrdp

sudo sed -i ‘s/port=3389/port=3390/g’ /etc/xrdp/xrdp.ini

sudo service xrdp start

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If you are running For Kali Linux, these are the commands

wget https://kali.sh/xfce4.sh

chmod +x xfce4.sh

sudo ./xfce4.sh

sudo /etc/init.d/xrdp start

 

OK done! How do you connect to the Linux desktop? Run Remote Desktop Connection, mstsc.exe

Enter the Computer: 127.0.0.1:8890, press Connect

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What is your best tips with Linux on Windows 10? Share it in the comments, and Have fun!

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