Easily run Oracle Linux on your Windows Desktop

February 25, 2022 | 3 minute read
Michele Resta
Product Management Senior Director, Alliances, Oracle
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If you are a developer, odds are that you have some interaction with Linux.  It is incredibly popular for all kinds of software application development, operations, and scientific computing. On the other hand, Linux has never become very popular as a primary desktop environment – for most people, their day-to-day work machine is powered by Microsoft Windows. To get the best of both worlds, some users will install specialized virtualization software (like Oracle VM VirtualBox, or others), or maybe a container system like Docker.

Now you have another option: the ability to run both Oracle Linux and Microsoft Windows on the same PC, without having to create a virtual machine or installing Docker, or anything else. Just run Oracle Linux like other Windows apps. With your Oracle Linux development environment on your PC, you can streamline development and test, and there’s no added cost (Oracle Linux is free to use. Commercial support is optional).

Adding Oracle Linux to your desktop is easy, with access through the Microsoft Store and with the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), just install the desired release on your Microsoft Windows 10 20H1 (build 19041) or later system and you’re ready to go.

Two of the latest Oracle Linux 7 and 8 releases are available on the Microsoft Store.

Additional development packages are available on the Oracle Linux yum server.


Prerequisites for installing Oracle Linux on Windows

Make sure you are running Microsoft Windows 10 20H1 (build 19041) or later system. From the Microsoft Windows settings, enable Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). Reboot Windows and you’re now ready to install Oracle Linux on Windows.

Try it and let us know if it makes application development easier for you.

Oracle Linux can be downloaded, used, and distributed free of charge and all updates and errata are freely available. Customers decide which of their systems require support subscription. This makes Oracle Linux an ideal choice for development, testing, and production systems, since support coverage can be optimized for each individual system, while keeping all systems up to date and secure.



Michele Resta

Product Management Senior Director, Alliances, Oracle

Michele Resta began his career at Oracle in 1996 as a database software engineer. Since 2006, he has led technical alliances for Oracle Linux and Virtualization, growing the organization and ecosystems over the last 17 years.

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