• Windows Subsystem for Linux version 0.65.1 is not out.
  • The great news is that it comes available to all Insiders.
  • It doesn’t matter what channel you are on, start testing.

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Here’s some more good news for Windows 10/11 users everywhere. But, before we get into it, allow us to elaborate on this software.

As many of you might already know, Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is an important piece of software wizardry that allows users to run GNU/Linux environments directly in Windows.

Yes, that is without requiring virtual machines (VMs) or dual-boot configurations in order to achieve the same goal. 

It’s a very handy tool, especially for cross-platform development and testing, and the Redmond tech company regularly updates WSL with new features and capabilities.

Today, we are more than happy to inform you that it has been announced that WSL version 0.65.1 is out for Insider rings.

WSL is not out for all Insider channels

Just to confirm that this information is actually coming from an official source, know that Microsoft’s Manager of the Linux on Windows team, Ben Hillis, is the one who confirmed.

He mentioned over Twitter that WSL 0.65.1 is available for all Windows Insiders, regardless of the release channel they are currently on.

For WSL 0.65.1 we are trying something new! The build will be first available to Windows Insiders (all rings) first, then rolled out to everybody once we get positive signals on release quality.https://t.co/Sr087lHOq8

— 𝕓𝕖𝕟 𝕙𝕚𝕝𝕝𝕚𝕤 (@benhillis) August 3, 2022

The company actually aims to cast a wide net for feedback by making it available for all Insiders and then use that feedback to determine whether the release is fit for general availability.

You are probably also wondering about all of the new features or tweaks that come with this version, so here’s what we know:

  • Improvements to localhost relay to have better performance and accurately report bind failures.
  • Use /dev/ptp0 to keep guest chock in sync with the host
  • Improve the error message if the distro list can’t be fetched and wire it to wsl.exe –list –online
  • Update Linux kernel to 5.15.57.1Fix 9p filesystem regressions since the last v5.10 WSL2 kernel
  • Enable support for the Precision Time Protocol (PTP) clock device
  • Enable Retbleed mitigations in x86_64 builds
  • Enable nftables and traffic control
  • Enable VGEM driver
  • Update Microsoft.WSLg to version 1.0.41WSLg: add default x11 bell sound
  • WSLg: Update /etc/wsl.conf to set the default user to wslg
  • WSLGd: add option to start weston under gdbserver
  • WSLGd: simplify weston command line construction
  • compositor: add wslgd-notify
  • compositor: Stop trapping SIGINT
  • compositor: load xwayland module last
  • rdp: resize margin adjustment for MoveWindow/SnapArrange PDU
  • rdpaudio: use pthread_cancel instead of pthread_kill
  • xwayland: give Xwayland its own session
  • xwayland: Don’t track focus for override redirect windows

So, what are you waiting for?! Testing has begun and all Insiders are invited to this WSL-themed party, where hopefully not many issues will be spotted.

Have you already fiddled with this software? Share your experience with us in the comments section below.

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