Microsoft is bringing Linux GUI apps to Windows 10

Microsoft is promising to dramatically enhance its Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) with GUI app help and GPU {hardware} acceleration. The software program big is including a full Linux kernel to Windows 10 with WSL model 2 later this month, and it’s now planning to help Linux GUI apps that may run alongside common Windows apps.

This might be enabled with out Windows customers having to use X11 forwarding, and it’s primarily designed for builders to run Linux built-in improvement environments (IDE) alongside common Windows apps.

While it has been potential to run Linux GUI apps inside Windows beforehand utilizing a third-party X server, poor graphics efficiency has all the time been a problem. Microsoft is promising to resolve this, too. Windows 10 will quickly get added help for GPU {hardware} acceleration with Linux instruments. This is primarily targeted on improvement eventualities involving parallels computation or coaching machine studying and synthetic intelligence fashions.

The GPU {hardware} acceleration will begin showing within the subsequent few months for Windows 10 Insiders within the Fast Ring, and Microsoft is planning to share extra info on the timing for Linux GUI app help later this yr.

All of those newest Linux enhancements are clearly aimed straight at builders who need to use Windows as a dev field. Microsoft has made some strong enhancements to Windows with WSL lately after stunning everybody by including the Bash shell to Windows at Build 4 years in the past. The improvement neighborhood has additionally embraced WSL, with direct help in lots of instruments.

Microsoft additionally added native OpenSSH in Windows 10, and even Ubuntu, SUSE Linux, and Fedora within the Windows Store. Microsoft’s Windows Terminal command line device launched in preview final yr, and it’s now reached normal launch this week. Microsoft is even enhancing Linux file integration in File Explorer for Windows 10.

WSL 2 and these new GPU guarantees ought to hopefully handle quite a lot of excellent WSL points. Microsoft has been scuffling with compatibility and file I/O efficiency within the authentic model of WSL, and it’s been an enormous space of focus for WSL 2 that arrives in Windows 10 later this month.