Running Ubuntu on Windows

One of my favourite aspects of Windows 10 has been the Linux subsystem for Windows.

I’ve been using it since launch partly because it sounded cool but also because a majority of my development projects are Linux based and when I’m interacting with a server I use Bash, a command line interface for Linux.

Day to day usefulness

As someone who daily has to interact with various servers it makes sense to use bash everywhere. On Windows with the Linux subsystem, you can Bash scripts, use command-line tools like sed, awk, grep, and you can even run Linux-first tools like Ruby, Git, Python, etc. directly on Windows.

You have complete access to your existing Windows filesystem from within Bash allowing you to work on the same set of files using both Windows applications and Linux command-line tools.

Desktop experiments

On the experimental side and with the addition of a window manager Xming X Server I have been able to run Linux applications such as Open Office, Firefox and Tor Browser from within the Linux subsystem on Windows.

 

Anonymous Browsing

A few links to help secure your online activities private and secure.

In the United Kingdom the Investigatory Powers Act has been signed into law by HM The Queen. The powers grant the Government new surveillance powers including rules that force internet providers to keep complete records of every website that all of their customers visit.

The links below will allow you to continue to enjoy privacy online.

Browsing the web

The Tor Browser is one of the best known anonymous browsing tools out there. It is often described as a ‘censorship circumvention tool’. It is a free network of servers, or ‘nodes’, that randomly route Internet traffic between each other in order to obfuscate the origin of the data. The Tor Browser can significantly increase a user’s privacy and anonymity online. In internal documents, the NSA even refers to Tor as “the king of high-secure, low latency Internet Anonymity.”

torproject.org

Email

Proton Mail is a Swiss-based email provider which incorporates complete end-to-end encryption of emails. All emails are secured automatically with end-to-end encryption. This means even we cannot decrypt and read your emails. As a result, your encrypted emails cannot be shared with third parties.

protonmail.com

Messaging

Many messaging platforms already provied end-to-end encrypted messaging. This includes WhatsApp and iMessage. Signal is a messaging app designed so they themselves cannot read your messages, and no one else can either. Everything is always end-to-end encrypted and painstakingly engineered in order to keep your communication safe.

whispersystems.org on WhatsApp