Just as we were going to press with this book, Microsoft released the bash shell for Windows—and how could we publish a book on shell script programming without telling you about this new option?

The wrinkle is that you need to be running not just Windows 10 but the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (build 14393, posted August 2, 2016). You also need to have an x64-compatible processor and be a member of the Windows Insider Program. And then you can start installing bash!

Start by joining the Insider Program at It’s free to join and will provide you with a convenient way to update your Windows ...

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