📢 Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) gets a new logo and an updated Kernel

Microsoft releases Windows Subsystem for Linux version 0.50.2. The latest version of WSL comes with a new logo, an updated Linux kernel, and more. - Story by Kunal Chowdhury on

Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is a compatibility layer for running native Linux binaries on Windows. It allows users to run a GNU/Linux environment - including most command-line tools, utilities, and applications directly on the Windows operating system.

 

Microsoft now releases a new updated version of the WSL, which now brings a new logo, an updated Linux Kernel version 5.10.74.3, and more. To learn more about the new improvements added to Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) version 0.50.2, continue reading further.

 

Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) version 0.50.2 comes with a new logo and an updated Linux kernel

 

For those who don't know, earlier users had to enable WSL from the "Turn Windows Features on or off" dialog box of the Windows operating system. Last month, Microsoft released a new app for Windows Subsystem for Linux on the Windows 11 Store.

 

Now, this app got a new updated version 0.50.2. This new version added a new logo, an updated Linux kernel, updated localized strings, and more. Here is the complete official changelog:

 

 

  • 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 to opt-out:

[wsl2]
hardwarePerformanceCounters=false

  • Fix issue when printing system error messages that contain inserts.
  • Update the user tile to launch in the user's home directory instead of C:\WINDOWS\System32
  • Restore default signal dispositions for /etc/wsl.conf boot.command 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 --no-launch option to wsl.exe --install
  • Many updates to localized strings.
  • Switch to an updated tar for importing / exporting WSL2 distributions.
  • Update to the official 22000 sdk
  • Strip Linux symbols for release builds
  • Update Linux kernel to 5.10.74.3
    • Update to upstream stable kernel release 5.10.74
    • Enable BPF Type Format (CONFIG_DEBUG_INFO_BTF) for use by eBPF tools [GH 7437]
    • Changed Dxgkrnl version to 2110
      • Implemented D3DKMTShareObjectWithHost
      • Fixed QueryStatistics VM bus alignment issue for the result
      • Implemented D3DKMTCreateSyncFile
      • Address upstream submission feedback
      • Moved d3dkmthk to include/uapi/misc
      • Replaces u32 by __u32 and u64 by __u64
      • Added "_" in front of the enumerator values to support including both WDK and Linux headers
      • Removed holes in the user mode visible structures to be compatible with 32 bit apps
      • Replaces pointer in the user mode visible structures with a define to be u64 for user mode apps
      • Fix build failure with GCC versions older than 8.1 [GH 7558]
  • Enable the Buffer Sharing and Sync File Frameworks (CONFIG_DMA_SHARED_BUFFER, CONFIG_SYNC_FILE) for Dxgkrnl usage

 





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