Latest Windows 10 Insider Update Now Has Ubuntu 16.04 Available

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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is now featured in the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview (build 14936).

Windows 10 now installs an Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) image instead of an Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) image when enabling the ‘Bash on Ubuntu on Windows’ feature for the first time.

This updated version of Ubuntu in the WSL is only effected in new instances, i.e., those created by running lxrun.exe /install or on the very first run of the bash.exe setup.

It is possible to manually upgrade WSL instances from Ubuntu 14.04 to Ubuntu 16.04 by running the do-release-upgrade command.

Other changes in the WSL in Build 14936 include support for chroot system call, epoll support for /dev/null and the ability for bash -c to redirect to a file

Getting Windows 10 Build 14936

Windows 10 Preview Build 14936 is only available to Windows insiders who are in the fast-ring.

If you are not already part of the Windows 10 Insider preview program and you want to be, then visit the official Insider webpage from a Windows machine to get more information on joining.

To get the update (assuming you’re eligible) head to Settings > Update and recovery > Preview builds and click the ‘Check Now’ button.

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