Ubuntu is now available on the Windows Store

Ubuntu is now available to install on Windows 10 as an “app”, making it easier for developers to access their favourite Linux tools while working on Windows.

This post, Ubuntu is now available on the Windows Store, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Two Popular Open-Source Apps Are Now Available in the Windows Store

windows store logoTwo of the most celebrated open-source applications are now available on the Windows Store, though one comes with a £7.49/$9.79 price tag attached.

This post, Two Popular Open-Source Apps Are Now Available in the Windows Store, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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How to Create a Bootable Windows 10 USB on Ubuntu

We show you how to make a bootable USB of Windows 10 on Ubuntu using a free, open-source USB writing tool called WoeUSB.

This post, How to Create a Bootable Windows 10 USB on Ubuntu, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Windows 10 S Won’t Let Users Install Linux Distros

Microsoft has confirmed that users of Windows 10 S, a feature-limited version on Windows 10, won’t be able to install Linux distros from the Windows Store.

This post, Windows 10 S Won’t Let Users Install Linux Distros, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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GPD Pocket, the 7-Inch Ubuntu Laptop, Has Raised $700k in 24 Hours

gpd sideThe GPD Pocket crowdfunder has only been live on IndieGoGo for just over 24 hours but it’s has already amassed a staggering $700,000 — $500,000 more than it was seeking! With 2 months left to run the question now is can the diminutive computing device can go on to hit the $1 million mark? With momentum and demand are clearly there, so I […]

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openSUSE Is Now Available On Windows Subsystem For Linux

Brief: openSUSE joins Ubuntu to provide Bash shell on Windows 10. In short, Bash on Windows is now available via openSUSE.

openSUSE recently revealed that it is now possible to run openSUSE within Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). This Windows Subsystem for Linux is also known as Bash for Windows.

This means that now when you are using Bash on Windows, you can use it via openSUSE. So your favorite Zypper and other openSUSE specific commands will work natively on Windows 10 along with other Bash commands.

openSUSE on Windows 10
Image Credit: openSUSE

What is Bash on Windows again?

If you are not aware of it, last year, Microsoft dropped the bomb by announcing Bash on Windows.

Bash on Windows is basically Microsoft creating a Windows Subsystem for Linux so that you can use REAL Linux commands in Windows. And this is not like using a virtual machine or an emulator of Cygwin sort. It actually enables you to use native Bash commands on Windows.

This way, you get a terminal like interface in which you can run your favorite Linux commands.

If you install Bash on Windows, you get Ubuntu by default. But Microsoft doesn’t want to limit it to Ubuntu. Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, Rich Turner has indicated that support for more distribution is in pipeline:

openSUSE on Windows Subsystem for Linux

openSUSE on Windows 10 with Bash on Windows
Image Credit: openSUSE

In a detailed blog post, Hannes Kühnemund demonstrated how openSUSE can be installed in Windows 10. I do not want to repeat the process here as the original blog post is already very good and easy to follow.

I suggested heading over to openSUSE blog to know the procedure of installing openSUSE for Bash on Windows.

Bash on Windows with openSUSE

More unofficial support for other Linux distributions for Bash on Windows

openSUSE is the second Linux distribution to support Bash on Windows officially. Does it mean more Linux distros support will be coming for Bash on Windows? Perhaps.

But in the meantime, there are projects that are already working in this regard. These are not official projects but created by enthusiasts, thanks to the beauty of open source.

One such open source project brings Arch Linux support for Bash on Windows. Not only this, there is another project that lets you switch between Fedora, Debian, CentOS etc.

What’s your opinion?

What do you think of openSUSE coming to Windows Subsystem for Linux? Do you think more Linux distributions should follow the suit?

Oh! by the way, if you are not using openSUSE, you should read this article about why should you use openSUSE. I look forward to reading your comments.

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What To Do When Ubuntu Can't Use Free Unallocated Disk Space


I have received a number of comments with regards to the procedure for dual booting Windows 10 and Ubuntu.
Some people have noticed that the free disk space they created is not available for use when they try and install Ubuntu.
This article aims to explain why you wouldn’t be able to use the free space and who will be affected by this.

Who Is Affected?

If your computer uses the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) then you will not be affected. If however your computer has a legacy BIOS then you may be affected but only if your computer’s hard drive already has 4 primary partitions.

How To Check Whether Your Computer Is Using UEFI Or A Legacy BIOS

As we are going to be using the Disk Management screen anyway the easiest way to check whether your computer is UEFI based or not is to right click on the start button and choose the “Disk Management” option from the menu.
Look at the partitions for your hard disk (which will probably be disk 0). If you see a partition called “EFI System Partition” then you can feel very smug and stop reading this article because you will not be affected by the issue.

The Issue Explained

If there is no EFI partition then you could have issues with partitioning when installing Ubuntu.
The older style BIOS only allows a user to create 4 primary partitions on a disk whereas the newer GPT partitioning system allows more than you will ever need.
The problem with having just 4 partitions available is that Windows 10 often takes up a number of partitions itself. There is one for Windows and at least one for a recovery partition. The manufacturer of the computer quite often has a partition for its own recovery partition and then another partition may have been created for another reason.
As there can only be 4 primary partitions if you have shrunk the Windows partition the free space you have created cannot be placed in a partition and therefore cannot be used.
When you try to install Ubuntu you will not see an option to install alongside Windows and when you choose something else as an option you will see unusable space as shown below.

The Solution

I can’t give you a step by step solution to fix this as it depends entirely on what partitions are currently used on your system.
I can however tell you that all is not lost.
Whilst you can only have 4 primary partitions you can split a single partition into a number of extended partitions. If you can free up one of the 4 primary partitions you can then create a number of logical/extended partitions on that single partition for installing Ubuntu.

How To Remove A Partition

Freeing up a single partition is the difficult bit.
If you have shrunk the Windows partition to free up space then you will want to delete the partition next to it (no, not the Windows one, probably the one to the right).
The issue is however, what are those partitions used for. If the partition is a Windows recovery partition then you could elect to move that partition to an external hard drive.
The partition might also be the recovery partition created by your computer’s manufacturer. In this case you should find the software used by the manufacturer as this may allow you to backup the system to an external hard drive or USB drive which means you can delete the manufacturer’s recovery partition and use it with the free space you created by shrinking Windows.
Another option is of course to use Macrium Reflect which I recommended as the backup tool as part of the process for dual booting Ubuntu and Windows 10. (Click here for that guide). You can use Macrium to create recovery media on DVDs, USB drives and external hard drives. With the recovery media safely stored externally you can safely delete the Windows recovery and manufacturer’s recovery media.
If you have another partition called data then you might wish to move the data from there onto the Windows partition or indeed another drive such as an external hard drive and delete that partition.
You can delete a partition within the disk management tool by right clicking on it and choosing “delete volume”.
Windows recovery partitions cannot be deleted using the disk management tool because the partition will be protected. This guide shows how to delete a protected partition.
It may be the case that the manufacturer’s partition or Windows recovery partition is quite large and therefore you don’t need the free space created by shrinking Windows any more. You can give the disk space you gained from shrinking Windows back to Windows by right clicking on the Windows partition in the disk management tool and choosing “Extend Volume”.
Given the choice between removing the Windows recovery partition and the manufacturers recovery partition I recommend removing the manufacturer’s partition. I would however make sure that I had a viable recovery option available via Macrium reflect or another such tool.
The upshot is that you want to get to a position where you have only 3 primary partitions and then a section of free space on your computer large enough to install Ubuntu.
You should now be able to follow my guide to installing Ubuntu alongside Windows 10 to complete the task.


This only affects people who are using a computer with a legacy BIOS that already has 4 primary partitions in use.
To fix the issue remove one of the 4 primary partitions.
Important: If you decide to remove a data partition make sure you have backed up the data first. If you decide to remove a recovery partition make sure you have created other recovery media

After deleting one of the 4 partitions you should be left with 3 primary partitions and an area of unallocated disk space.
When you run the Ubuntu installer you should now see the option to install alongside Windows 10.
If you do not get the option to install alongside Windows 10, choose the something else option as the installation type and create 2 extended partitions in the area of free space, the first taking up most of the disk space and mounted to root (/) and the second taking up around 8 gigabytes for swap space. The amount of swap space can be reduced or increased depending on the age of your machine and amount of memory available.

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