Microsoft previously delivered a full Linux kernel in Windows 10, and the company is now planning to fully integrate Linux file access into the integrated file explorer. A new Linux icon will be available in the left navigation pane in File Explorer, providing access to the root file system for all distributions installed in Windows 10.
The icon that will appear in the file explorer is the famous Tux, the penguin mascot for the Linux kernel. Microsoft is testing the integration of Linux file explorer into a new version of Windows 10 which is available for testers today.
All of this is enabled via Microsoft’s Windows subsystem for Linux, a system that the company has gradually improved with the integration of the Bash shell, native OpenSSH in Windows 10, and even Ubuntu, SUSE Linux and Fedora in the Windows Store. Last year, Microsoft also launched a new Windows Terminal command line tool.
If you’ve enabled WSL, the Tux will appear in File Explorer, and Microsoft is now looking for feedback on the integration before it is finalized in a future Windows 10 update. software will send this update to all Windows 10 users later this year.