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Latest Windows 10 May Have a Linux Subsystem Hidden Inside

Discussion in 'The Hacker News' started by RSS, Feb 3, 2016.

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    A Few Months Back, Microsoft impressed the world with 'Microsoft loves Linux' announcements, including: it has developed a custom Linux-based OS for running Azure Cloud Switch and selected Ubuntu as the operating system for their Cloud-based Big Data services.

    Now a renowned Windows Hacker and computer expert, who goes by the name ‘WalkingCat’, discovered that latest version of Windows 10 may have a Linux subsystem secretly installed in it.

    According to his tweets, hacker spotted two mysterious files, LXss.sys and LXCore.sys, in the most latest Windows 10 Redstone Build 14251, which are suspected to be part of Microsoft’s Project Astoria.

    Project Astoria, also known as Windows Bridge for Android, is a toolkit that allows running Android apps on Windows 10 Mobile devices.

    The naming convention for latest discovered files is very similar to the Android Subsystem files from Project Astoria, i.e. ADss.sys.

    So, the "LX" in these name, however, can only be taken for one thing, and that is LINUX, suggests the Windows 10 OS will have access to a Linux subsystem also.

    Why Linux Subsystem?

    Since Windows 10 has been introduced as a Universal Operating system for all devices, so there it could be possibility that Microsoft wants to expand Project Astoria from Windows Mobile to Desktop users

    If this comes to be true, adding a Linux subsystem could be beneficial if Microsoft also has ambitious planned to offer support for Linux-based applications on Windows operating system, especially servers related technology and software.

    Stay tuned to The Hacker News Facebook page for further developments on this topic. Isn't exciting?​

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