Build 2020: Linux GUI applications arrive on Windows 10


Approaching the 2004 version of Windows 10, aka May 2020 Update, Microsoft is preparing to introduce the new Windows Subsystem Linux (WSL) 2 to users around the world. And as expected, the second generation of WSL comes with a number of improvements, including the full Linux kernel which is integrated into the platform.

But Windows 10 users are not the only ones to benefit from Linux, and more information on this was released last night at the Build 2020 developer conference. Linux GUI applications that debut in the world of Windows 10.

As many already know, the Windows Subsytem for Linux allowed Linux applications to run Windows 10 without a graphical interface, and if that problem could be solved with an X server that would take care of everything. It’s no secret that overall performance isn’t always the best.

So, from a future update, the Windows Subsytem for Linux would allow Linux GUIs to work alongside Windows apps, so once again, Microsoft brings the best of both worlds together for a consistent experience in Windows 10.

Hello, GUI applications!

Needless to say, Microsoft is playing its cards on this point, and given the huge growth that Linux has seen recently, it is possible that such an update will slow Windows transition. ” Support for Linux GUI applications will allow you to open a WSL instance and directly run a Linux GUI application without the need for a third-party X server. This will help you run your favorite applications in a Linux environment such as an integrated development environment (IDE) “, Microsoft announced at Build 2020.

In addition, Microsoft also brings GPU support for WSL 2 for hardware acceleratione which, as the company explains, would obviously bring a series of advantages, in particular for machine learning and the development of artificial intelligence.

GPU hardware acceleration

And, there is more to come on the Linux front in Windows 10. TheWindows Subsytem for Linuxwill support a new installation command that will make it easier for users to deploy and use Linux applications in addition to Windows 10. This streamlined installation process helps improve the overall WSL experience, and Microsoft says that ”it will be easier for everyone to run a Linux application on Windows 10. The WSL will soon allow a simplified installation by issuing the command “wsl.exe —installWhich will make it easier than ever to use Linux applications on Windows, says Microsoft.

WSL 2 will be part of the next Windows 10 feature update, codenamed 2004 and expected to be released later this month. However, some of the improvements, such as support for Linux GUIs, will not be available immediately, as the company will need to deploy them later.

Hardware acceleration of the GPU is expected in the coming months, first as part of the versions released for users enrolled in the Windows Insider program and only then for production devices. The next feature update for Windows 10 is scheduled for fall in the form of a 2009 version, but it is not yet clear if this is the goal for the launch of this feature.

One thing is for sure. Microsoft takes the world of Windows and Linux very seriously, and the WSL platform is the ideal tool the company uses not only to slow the migration from Windows to Linux, but also to maintain some of those who have committed to using Linux on its own operating system.