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PowerShell on Linux installs

PowerShell on Linux installs are now easier as you can use the Linux package management tools to download and update PowerShell Core 6.0


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Linux on the desktop

My sense of humour has some quirky moments – as my friends will tell you. Last night I had a lot of time to sit and think (why is a story for another time and place) and it one point a thought about Linux on the desktop struck me.


Back in the 1980s when I worked in seismic exploration and desktop computers were emerging I remember seeing articles at least once every year that “this is the year that Unix takes over the desktop”


This then morphed to “this is the year that Linux takes over the desktop”


Of course neither of these fantasies were actually likely to happen – and I’m deliberately ignoring the Mac OS which is unix based.


However, my thought yesterday was that *nix on the desktop is actually a reality. Windows 10 includes the Bash on Ubuntu on Windows option which brings the bash shell to Windows.

Bet this way of getting *nix on the desktop was ever envisaged. Smile

Upgrading WSL

If you start  WSL (Bash on Ubuntu on Windows) and see messages like this:


7 packages can be updated.
1 update is a security update.


You can view the available updates:

root@RSsurfacePro2:~# apt-get update
Hit:1 xenial InRelease
Get:2 xenial-updates InRelease [95.7 kB]
Get:3 xenial-security InRelease [94.5 kB]
Get:4 xenial-security/main amd64 Packages [160 kB]
Get:5 xenial-security/main Translation-en [65.8 kB]
Get:6 xenial-updates/main amd64 Packages [415 kB]
Get:7 xenial-security/universe amd64 Packages [51.9 kB]
Get:8 xenial-security/multiverse amd64 Packages [1,176 B]
Get:9 xenial-updates/main Translation-en [159 kB]
Get:10 xenial-updates/universe amd64 Packages [356 kB]
Get:11 xenial-updates/universe Translation-en [128 kB]
Get:12 xenial-updates/multiverse amd64 Packages [5,492 B]
Fetched 1,532 kB in 35s (42.9 kB/s)
Reading package lists... Done


And to install the updates use:

apt-get upgrade

PowerShell DSC for Linux 1.1

PowerShell DSC for Linux 1.1 has been released.


With bug fixes, support for the separation of configuration and node ids  and new resources this release makes it easier than ever to manage your Linux boxes through DSC