At its Build 2017 developer conference last month, Microsoft announced that it is bringing SUSE, Ubuntu, and Fedora to the Windows Store. The surprise move appeared to be the latest byproduct of Microsoft's pledge toward greater acceptance of the open-source community, with the company signing onto the Linux Foundation as a platinum member last year.
Now, it appears that some of these Linux distributions have started making their way to the Windows Store, at least for Insiders.
SUSE has released Linux Enterprise Server 12 and openSUSE Leap 42 in the Windows Store. It is important to note that both of these distros are available for Windows Insiders running the later preview builds - basically version 16190.0 or above. For the former, the developer recommends having 4GB of RAM, and for the latter, 2GB of RAM.
Both the downloads weigh around 200MB in size. The description for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 is as follows:
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is a world-class, secure open source server operating system, built to power physical, virtual and cloud-based mission-critical workloads. To register your free, 1-year developer subscription of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server [...] Designed for mixed IT environments, it offers best-of-breed performance with reduced risk of technological obsolescence or vendor lock-in. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 is a modular, general-purpose operating system and runs on all major processor architectures. It is optimized to run on leading hypervisors and supports an unlimited number of virtual machine guests per physical system with single subscription, making it the perfect guest for virtual and cloud computing.
Meanwhile, the Store description of openSUSE Leap 42 can be viewed below:
The openSUSE distribution is a stable, easy to use and complete multi-purpose Linux distribution. It is aimed towards users and developers working on the desktop or server. It is great for beginners, experienced users and ultra geeks alike, in short, it is perfect for everybody! The latest release, openSUSE Leap 42.2, features new and massively improved versions of all useful server and desktop applications. It comes with more than 1,000 open source applications. openSUSE is also the base for SUSE's award-winning SUSE Linux Enterprise products. That's right. After basing openSUSE Leap 42.1 on SLE (SUSE Linux Enterprise), Leap 42.2 gets even more source code from the release of SLE 12 Service Pack 2. New technologies such as NVDIMM, OmniPATH, Data Plane Development Kit with openVSwitch are backported for the release. XEN no longer requires its own kernel and is supported by the default kernel. Along with the shared SLE codebase, openSUSE Leap 42.2 gets packages, maintenance and bug fixes from the openSUSE community and SUSE engineers. The 42 series of Leap achieves at a minimum 36 months of maintenance and security updates starting from 42.1.
Both the distributions will operate in sandboxed environments, but will reportedly have the capabilities of a full installation, without the need to dual-boot.
These Linux distributions will be generally available with the Fall Creators Update later this year, but if you're a Windows Insider on a relatively recent build, you can test them out by downloading them from the Windows Store below.