Latest Windows 10 Spotted Having a Hidden Linux Subsystem
The most recent version of Windows 10 Redstone build may have a Linux subsystem secretly installed inside, claims a renowned Windows hacker, who goes by the name ‘WalkingCat’.
The computer expert disclosed two mysterious Linux subsystem files, LXss.sys and LXCore.sys, in the most latest Windows 10 Redstone Build 14251.
what the hell ? Windows 10 14251 has lxcore.sys and lxss.sys ? aren't they part of Project Astoria ? and for Mobile only ?
— WalkingCat (@h0x0d) January 28, 2016
WalkingCat suspects the hidden subsystem files to be part of Microsoft’s Project Astoria. Also known as Windows Bridge for Android, Project Astoria is a toolkit that which permits Android apps to run on Windows 10 Mobile devices.
Names of the latest discovered files are similar to Android subsystem from Project Astoria, i.e. ADSS.Sys. Where “LX” can only be taken for one thing, and that is LINUX.
So the presence of new files in the latest build of Windows 10 indicates the return of Project Astoira. Considering build 14251 is the first One-core version of the OS developed exclusively for all devices, it seems that Microsoft is readying to expand Project Astoria from mobile devices to desktop users.
If that is the case, Linux subsystem will help Redmond offer support for a wide range of applications.
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