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I'll grudgingly admit that Windows Subsytem for Linux isn't bad like I thought it would be. That said, there are several things you might want to do to make it more livable.
First, to enable WSL at all (from here), in adminstrator powershell:
Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux
Then, it still being Windows, you have to restart.
Windows Store is a garbage zone. Here's the spell for skipping that part (from here). Just download this URL and double click what you get: https://aka.ms/wsl-ubuntu-1804 Other URLs exist for other distros; you're on your own for that.
The distro will be installed as an "app", which is Windows 10 speak for "dumbed down program that's treated in special ways that break normal workflows". If you have classic Start and Launchy, to make it work with Launchy, make a shortcut of the "app", then put the shortcut into the classic start menu programs list.
The default package set is actually not bad. But here's what's missing:
sudo apt install lynx links binutils zip unzip gdb