Howdy, Ubuntu on Windows! Getting Started

So, a few months have passed, and you’ve realized that, wow, you’re not dreaming, and it wasn’t an April Fool’s Joke, but in fact that Ubuntu-on-Windows thing is real!  You’re thinking, surely some of the early kinks have been worked out, and it’s ready for a test drive…  And you would be correct on both counts!

Let’s take a look at how to get started, running Ubuntu and Linux compiled binaries, natively on a Windows 10 Desktop.  For the record, Microsoft’s official instructions are here.