It feels a bit weird writing about a Windows app release on a blog primarily aimed at Linux users, but hey: the Windows Subsystem for Linux has well and truly blurred the lines these past few years.

WSL is hugely popular is far more so than a lot of people (myself included) appreciate! And Ubuntu is at the heart of the WSL community. While it is not the only Linux distro available for WSL it is the one Microsoft recommend.

Of course, to use Ubuntu on Windows 10 (via WSL) to its full potential you need to also use a feature-filled terminal emulator.

And there is no better command line utility for Windows 10 than Microsoft’s own open source Terminal app, which finally hit version 1.0 (and thus a stable release) this week.

The windows terminal app

As I’ve written about this app’s development milestones twice before I figured I should bookend the journey with a post touching on the first stable releases of Windows Terminal. It feels… right, somehow.

Windows Terminal 1.0 features include: –

  • Supports multiple tabs and split panes
  • Custom profiles
  • GPU accelerated text rendering
  • Uses the Cascadia Mono font by default
  • Custom colour schemes and styles
  • Support for background images and gifs
  • Fun ‘retro terminal’ effect

The app can be used to access PowerShell and CommandShell in addition to WSL.

Windows Terminal is free, open source software built for Windows 10. It’s available to install from the Microsoft Store or download from GitHub.

I’ve used Windows Terminal a few times over the past year and while I wouldn’t say it does anything I’d consider better or worse than Linux terminal emulators like Tilix, it does feel incredibly “at home” on the OS.

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