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It is finally possible to access Linux files on Windows

It is finally possible to access Linux files on Windows

Yesterday, Microsoft released a new version of Windows 10 that supports Linux files. Among other things, the update includes some improvements dedicated to gaming and support for the Timeline extension for Google Chrome.

The new Windows 10 update brings the operating system to build 18342 and is already available to developers and participants in its Insider program. This last version always comes from the 19H1 branch, that is, that geese represents the next real update of Windows 10 that will arrive in the first half of this year.

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After years and years of waiting, you will be able to access Linux files on Windows. / © Venture Beat

Windows 10 was developed as a service, which means that it will constantly receive new features on a regular basis. To date, Microsoft has released six major updates and the next one will give users the ability to access Linux files in a WSL distro directly from its operating system using the command line. In addition, even Windows apps such as File Explorer and Visual Studio Code can finally interact with these files.

In the previous build, Microsoft re-adapted its gaming operating system to suit its needs, and then asked its testers to play State of Decay. Today's build only implements a few corrections in this regard. Finally, Microsoft has finally released full support for the famous Chrome extension that allows you to take advantage of the Timeline feature with Google's browser on desktop, Android and iOS devices.

Source: Venture Beat

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  • Those of us dual booting Windows with Linux or booting Linux from a "live" USB drive are familiar with the one-way file access: typically there is no problem reading the Windows partition from Linux, and Windows defaults to permitting access. This causes me to keep nearly all media or data files on the large Windows partition that can be mounted and accessed nicely from Mint Linux.

    But this Windows fix is also likely to require some deep diving by users into the Linux permissions system itself, which typically defaults to blocking any attempts to access its files. If I boot Mint 19 on a thumb drive, I can read Windows files on the hard drive but will be blocked from reading Mint 19 files in the other partition on the very same drive from the very same Linux version. (I'd have to learn more, but this may have more to do with using Windows with enterprise deployments of Linux servers than with personal PCs.)


  • storm 9 months ago Link to comment

    at the rate microsoft is going it won't be long until Windows is just another Linux distribution.