Windows 10’s File Explorer Is Getting Linux Files

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Windows 10’s File Explorer Is Getting Linux Files
Microsoft is testing a “Linux” option to File Explorer’s sidebar. If you have the Windows Subsystem for Linux installed, you can easily access all your Linux files in a few clicks. This change appears in Windows 10 Insider build 19603.

Microsoft previously shipped a full Linux kernel in Windows 10, and now the company is planning to fully integrate Linux file access into the built-in File Explorer. A new Linux icon will be available in the left-hand navigation pane in File Explorer, providing access to the root file system for any distros that are installed.

This feature will be extremely useful for anyone who uses the  Subsystem for Linux on Windows 10. It’s a convenient way to run a Bash shell and other Linux utilities in an Ubuntu environment, for example. However, these Linux environments each have their own file systems. Accessing the Linux files from within File Explorer and other Windows applications can be complicated.

This is all enabled through Microsoft’s  Subsystem for Linux, a system the company has been gradually improving with Bash shell integration, native OpenSSH in Windows 10, and even Ubuntu, SUSE Linux, and Fedora in the  Store. Microsoft also launched a new Windows Terminal command-line tool last year.

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Click it and you’ll see a list of your installed Linux distributions. You can browse its file system like you would any other folders on your PC. You’re free to view, add, edit, and remove files in the Linux environment from here.

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This change is part of a Windows 10 Insider Preview build. These builds are in development, and Microsoft may remove this feature or change how it works during the development process.

See also: Microsoft Edge Switches To Chromium Base

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