The first Linux® distribution optimized for WSL. Based on Debian®. From open-source software startup Whitewater Foundry. Formerly WLinux.
If you are an enterprise customer, you may like to check out our enterprise-focused distribution, Pengwin Enterprise.
- Pengwin is a Linux environment for Windows 10 built on open-source technology concieved by Microsoft Research and the Linux ecosystem curated by the Debian project.
- Pengwin is also the first Linux distribution pre-configured and optimized to run specifically on Windows® Subsystem for Linux, a Microsoft-supported feature of Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019.
- Pengwin includes wslu, a set of useful open-source utilities for interacting between WSL and Windows 10.
- A custom Pengwin-setup tool, accessible via
$ pengwin-setupallows new Pengwin users to get started on Linux immediately:
- Change language and keyboard settings.
- Select optional shells: csh, zsh (with oh-my-zsh), and fish (with oh-my-fish).
- Choose text editors: emacs, neovim, and Visual Studio Code.
- Unpack your favorite development environment NodeJS (with n, npm, and/or yarn), Python 3.7 (with pip), Ruby (via rbenv), Rust (via rustup installer) and Go.
- Manage your Microsoft Windows and Azure deployments with PowerShell and azure-cli, command line tools for Azure.
- Enable/disable Windows Explorer shell integration.
- Configure experimental GUI settings, including a Windows 10 theme for your Linux applications, HiDPI support and international input methods.
- Create a secure bridge to Docker running on Windows.
- Support for many Linux graphical applications with no need to configure display or libGL in Pengwin. (Requires a Windows-based X server, such as X410.)
- Install over 27,790 open source packages via the apt package management system from the expansive Debian repositories and any third-party Debian-compatible repositories from outside projects.
- Pengwin provides faster patching for WSL-specific bugs than any upstream Linux distro available on WSL.
- A handful of unnecessary packages, such as systemd, have been removed from the base image to reduce image size and increase stability.
- New features are actively developed based on community input. Learn how you can earn paid grants improving Pengwin.
Purchases of Pengwin in the Microsoft Store pay for a team of open source indie developers to add new features, test and release builds, evaluate WSL-related CVEs, and provide user support. User support is provided on a best effort basis. Most issues can be resolved by following the steps below.
- First, search for your issue on the Pengwin Issues page here.
- Next, search for your issue on the general WSL Issues page here.
- Then consult the official Troubleshooting Windows Subsystem for Linux documentation from Microsoft.
- Finally, if you are still unable to resolve your issue, please submit a bug report here and we will do our best to help you. We usually respond to most Issues within a few hours. Thank you for your patience.