Microsoft Updates Windows Subsystem for Linux Application


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  • Microsoft has released a new preview of its Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) service.
  • This will allow users to run Linux distributions natively on Windows 10 and Windows 11.
  • Along with all the software enhancements, WSL will also receive a brand new logo.
  • The tech giant allows hardware performance counters when supported by the device.


Redmond-based tech company Microsoft is sending out a new preview of its Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) service that allows users to run Linux distributions natively on Windows 10 and Windows 11.

And, with the release of WSL, Preview of version 0.50.2, Microsoft is making subtle but still significant changes.

WSL also gets a brand new logo

The first notable change is a new logo for the Windows Subsystem for Linux, with the same popular Linux Penguin symbol.

Additionally, the tech giant allows hardware performance counters when supported by the device. Needless to say, this version also overwrites the Linux kernel, moving it to version

According to the GitHub page, other changes to this software include:

  • Added new logo for Windows Subsystem for Linux
  • Enable hardware performance counters if the hardware supports them [GH 4678]
  • A USERPROFILE% . Wslconfig option has been added for deactivation:


hardwarePerformanceCounters = false

  • Fixed an issue when printing system error messages containing inserts.
  • Update the user tile to launch it in the user’s home directory instead of C: WINDOWS System32
  • Restore the default signal layouts for the boot.command /etc/wsl.conf process to prevent zombie processes [GH 7575]
  • Switch to using a static CRT for Windows binaries
  • Use store API to download distributions via wsl.exe -install
  • Add the -no-launch option to wsl.exe -install
  • Many localized channel updates.
  • Switch to an updated tar to import / export WSL2 distributions.
  • Update to official sdk 22000
  • Remove Linux Symbols for Release Versions
  • Update the Linux kernel to
    • Upgrading to upstream stable kernel version 5.10.74
    • Activate the BPF type format (CONFIG_DEBUG_INFO_BTF) to be used by the eBPF tools [GH 7437]
    • Modification of the Dxgkrnl version in 2110
      • Implemented D3DKMTShareObjectWithHost
      • Fixed QueryStatistics VM bus alignment issue for output
      • Implemented D3DKMTCreateSyncFile
      • Send submission comments upstream
      • Moved d3dkmthk to include / uapi / misc
      • Replace u32 by __u32 and u64 by __u64
      • Added _ in front of enumerator values ​​to support inclusion of WDK and Linux headers
      • Removed holes in visible user mode structures to be compatible with 32-bit applications
      • Replaces pointer in visible user mode structures with a u64 definition for user mode applications
      • Fixes build failure with GCC versions prior to 8.1 [GH 7558]
  • Enable buffer sharing and sync file frames (CONFIG_DMA_SHARED_BUFFER, CONFIG_SYNC_FILE) for using Dxgkrnl

If we remember correctly, last month Microsoft revealed that it will update WSL separately from the larger Windows platform.

This actually means that the subsystem is now available as a standalone app on the Microsoft Store.

The Redmond company claims that the WSL Windows 11 app will be managed through the Store if you’re wondering.

Users will receive updates separately from Windows. Essentially, this means that updates will occur between major Windows feature upgrades.

Users can get the latest WSL updates and features faster and without having to change your version of Windows.

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