What exactly is the "Ubuntu on Windows" MS store app for

I realise that this might be a bit of a trivial question but it has been bugging me for months and I can’t take it any longer. I have noticed that I “own” a “Ubuntu for Windows” application in Microsoft Store. Now, I know what the other apps with the LTS version numbers are for and even the one named just “Ubuntu” but can’t figure out how I got this particular app.

This app is not searchable and hence I am supplying a link to it.

“Ubuntu on Windows” is a previous version of Ubuntu 20.04. We published “Ubuntu” to replace it which is in searchable in the store and “Ubuntu on Windows” has been hidden so it doesn’t break link access which is still used by wsl --install in Windows 10 for example or might be referred by documentation.

“Ubuntu on Windows” will be removed at some point and “Ubuntu” will be upgraded from 20.04 to 22.04.

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