Bash on Ubuntu on Windows

October 23, 2016

I decided to spend some time updating my website over the weekend. Usually this would mean jumping on my Arch Linux machine — however, I decided it would be a good chance to give Bash on Ubuntu on Windows a go and see how far I could get.

To my surprise, this went remarkably well.

With access to the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), and the Ubuntu package repositories (via apt-get), I had no issues at all downloading and configuring any of the software I needed to work on this site.

This included:

  • Installing vim (unfortunately not Version 8)
  • Installing git (works a bit better than Git Bash on Windows)
  • Generating SSH keys
  • Installing golang
  • Downloading & installing the latest Hugo deb package

    I am looking forward to using this more in the coming weeks; first impressions — this is an excellent addition to Windows.