I’m actually looking for my favorite two OSes to be updated over the next 6 weeks – 1) Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and 2) Windows 10 version 2004. Yeah, I’ve wondered if there’s anything to the similarities of their numbering, i.e. “20.04” and “2004.” I believe Ubuntu and Microsoft work closer together than most of us realize…just a theory.

Windows 10 version 2004 will have the custom Microsoft-developed Linux open-source Kernel that integrates with Windows 10 – who woulda/coulda/shoulda ever known and/or guessed that Windows would ever develop their own version of the Linux Kernel, and then integrate it into a Windows version in order to help Linux developers. From what I’ve read, the Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL2) somehow allows for a fully integrated Linux file system that can be accessed thru the File Explorer, by simply clicking on the ‘Tux’ icon that will appear in File Explorer!?! WOW!!!

Linux has failed miserably (for decades!) with security, as I mentioned in Microsoft helping Linux with Security – ‘Microsoft Defender ATP for Linux’ and more ‘Here’. They’ve only got away with such security laxness because of the Linux desktop’s incredibly small user base; however, with the Cloud, Container & IoT (Internet of things) requiring strict security, Linux is left looking both inexperienced and inept. Microsoft couldn’t allow such to happen for what they see here now and in the future…thus, they developed their own open-source Kernel, offered security expertise (advice, help, products, etc), and a much better & safer OS for open-source developers to work from in a cross platform setting.

Apparently there is going to be a lot of ‘stuff’ for open-source developers, but still plenty of ‘Bells ‘n Whistles’ for those regular Desktop/Laptop users who like such ‘Thangs. For example:

  • Windows 10 making the move from sharp edges to rounded corners with its interface (heard Ubuntu 20.04 is doing it too – ?? – humans keep thinking they can invent a ‘better wheel’ so I’ve given up opposing the attempts…just find a work around that I like better).
  • Windows 10 May 2020 Update brings new virtual desktop names (er, OK…I only use one desktop, but apparently others use more, even in Linux).
  • Windows 10 May 2020 Update brings commitment to Windows Hello (sorry, but I have no idea what “Hello” is, avoid anything that wants my fingerprints {causes ‘Flashbacks’ to my criminal past}, turn off all computer camera stuff, etc…build my own computers and only install Windows 10 w/o internet access to avoid intrusive stuff, then connect to the internet after installation to update & activate my Windows version, or do a clean install on something like my own Laptop. If I could only figure out how to eliminate the aggravating “Authentication Required” in Linux!!! Windows 10 actually gives you a lot more choices and customization than Linux…hey, I can turn off password requirements and such in Windows, but Linux insists on keeping “Authentication Required” to harass Desktop/Laptop users).
  • Windows 10 May 2020 Update will improve Cortana (never use it, so I shutdown Cortana…will probably skip any changes they have made to it…their basic search option works just fine).
  • Windows 10 May 2020 Update has a better Windows Search (I know where my stuff is, but am fine with any improvements they want to add).
  • Windows 10 May 2020 Update makes it easier to reset Windows 10 (have only tried it once or twice in other Windows versions, but never tried it in WIN10…use backup images or just do a clean install since both are simple to do, and all my DATA or Favorite backups etc stays on a separate drive. Reset can be a handle tool for the less experienced tho).

They have other improvements and such coming also…will have to wait and see. Exciting days ahead!