Spiria logo.

Ubuntu VM on Windows 10

September 19, 2018.

Hyper-V Quick Create.

Hyper-V Quick Create, Windows 10 Redstone 5. © Microsoft.

Using Linux on Windows 10 has never been easier. With the Fall Creators update, the Hyper-V Quick Create function, which offers three-click creation of Virtual Machines, now offers a Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS system image specifically configured for this operating mode and ready to install. (If you have not yet used Hyper-V, you will need to activate it beforehand.) This VM builds on the Enhanced Session mode. You can resize the client window and the VM is notified of the change of resolution; you can copy and paste between the virtual machine and the host and the mouse cursor doesn't get trapped in the client window. This Enhanced Session mode uses RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol), a protocol previously unavailable on Linux. To bring this virtual machine to life, Microsoft worked with the XRDP open source project to bring RDP support to Linux. It’s definitely a love affair between Microsoft and Linux!

Ars Technica, “Running Ubuntu VMs on Windows just got a whole lot more streamlined.”