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      xilun commented  · 

      Very pleased to see you are considering this! Windows will finally start to be usable :p

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                  Hey all. Thanks for posting this ask: Its something we hear on a semi-regular basis.

                  We understand and appreciate many of the scenarios in which one might want to install a Linux distro offline using a previously downloaded/acquired image. However, we just didn’t have cycles to handle this request in the Win10AU release.

                  It’s on the backlog and we will consider for a future release.

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                    As Chip said, UTF-16 is rather baked into the stuff we do. The console host does use UTF-16 somewhere in there. :P We just have the matter of dealing with code pages throughout the history of computing existence that causes us heartburn every time we think about how to fix this. :( It’s definitely something that we would like to look into on our backlog.

                    —Michael

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                    xilun commented  · 

                    Now that UTF-8 seems kind of supported (at least when using WSL bash in insider builds), that the new console has new features, and that there is the concept of the legacy console, please consider switching the default new console "MBCS" to UTF-8 instead of OEM. The existence of OEM is completely hellish when using redirections and/or outputing strings from various sources (exception .what(), FormatMessage, filenames, user input) and even more so in library code (when you can't change the CP and/or the locale).

                    It's doubtful OEM still serve any purpose on 64 bits editions, because there is no DOS VM there. I could not find figures for the general cases (only those published by Steam, but the gamer market should obviously be biased in favor of 64-bits) but I would not be surprised if Windows 10 is at least 90% 64-bits on new computers (64-bits was already at least 50% in the Windows 7 era, according to MS own figures). Then on the 32-bits one, the number of people using localized DOS programs should be quite small. And like I said, you can always keep the historical OEM the default on the legacy console and/or use OEM just for DOS programs, so a good compatibility should be largely possible for all scenarios, including rare ones.

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