Microsoft has released Windows 10 Redstone 2 build 14936, and in addition to a number of bug fixes and improvements, the company also rolled out an update for the Windows subsystem for Linux that brings Ubuntu to version 16.04 (Xenial).
The Windows subsystem for Linux was introduced in Windows 10 with the Anniversary Update released on August 2 and allows developers to run the bash in the operating system by simply completing a few quick steps.
But the original version of WSL came with Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty), so this new build finally updates it to Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial). What’s important to know, however, is that only new instances of the WSL are getting Ubuntu 16.04, as the existing installations are not automatically upgraded to the new version.
Microsoft says that users can upgrade to Xenial using the do-release-upgrade command, otherwise they will continue to run the old version of Ubuntu until they manually perform the switch.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht