SUSE Linux for servers and openSUSE for Windows 10 now in the Store

You can now run SUSE Linux natively on Windows 10.

SUSE Linux for Windows 10 in the Store ready for download
SUSE Linux for Windows 10 in the Store ready for download

Two additional Linux environments become available for Windows 10, including SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 and openSUSE Leap 42. Previously, Microsoft introduced a new subsystem for Windows 10 to give developers and advanced users the ability to run native Linux tools without the need of a virtual machine or using a different OS.

This new technology was first included on Windows 10 with the arrival of the Anniversary Update, but it wasn’t until the Creators Update that the subsystem was fully implemented.

Up until recently, you were only available to install Ubuntu Linux, but now Windows 10 is welcoming SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 and openSUSE Leap 42. First spotted by @MohammadMsft (Twitter), these two new Linux environments are available immediately for download from the Windows Store — of course, if you’re running the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview builds.

Interesting enough, while you already can download Ubuntu on Windows 10, this environment is currently not available in the Windows Store, but Microsoft has said it will eventually be acquirable from the Store. In addition, Fedora Linux is also expected to be available in the Store in a near future.

Recent changes made to Windows 10, which are coming in the Fall Creators Update, also allows to run Linux without to turn on Developer Mode in the Settings app. However, you still need to install the Windows Subsystem for Linux (Beta) using the “Turn Windows features on or off” settings to get SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 and openSUSE Leap 42 running on Windows 10. Otherwise, you’ll get a 0x8007007e error.

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