How to use Linux in Windows (7/8/10) without WSL


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How to use Linux in Windows (7/8/10) without WSL

Installation of Virtual machine and Linux

First, need to install Virtual Box OR VMWare install Linux (Recommended Debian for lower resource utilization, but can use Ubuntu) For Demonstration, I am using VMWare

Install any Linux Destro


First thing to do after installing Linux

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade -y
sudo apt install nano git openssh-client openssh-server ssh

if anything more is required by your system install it

SSH on Linux Part

Here, using Gnome desktop environment but can be used by any Linux as long as you know what is the desktop manager

Starting SSH

First Stop the GUI this is an optional step but will be good as you are not using GUI from system resources point of view

sudo systemctl stop gdm
sudo systemctl enable ssh

if Stopped the GUI this is how it looks


If want to start the GUI desktop manager

sudo systemctl start gdm

In case you are wondering how to enable/disable the GUI when system startup.

# for enabling the gdm
sudo systemctl enable gdm

# for disabling the gdm on system startup
sudo systemctl disable gdm

Status of SSH

To check the status of SSH

# for the IP address
ip a
# for the status of ssh
sudo systemctl status ssh


Windows Terminal

Then go to your windows terminal or PowerShell

ssh <username>@<ip_address>

here username = Linux_username

ip_address = IP of your LinuxBox.


First time using it will ask for the fingerprint type yes then press return.

If any Problem occurs then look on the internet it is the best way to learn more about your system and fix any issues also man pages in Linux are very helpful.

There you go DoneπŸ‘πŸΌπŸŽ‰