Microsoft has previously pledged to significantly improve GUI applications and GPU hardware acceleration support in Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). The software giant plans to add a complete Linux Kernel to Windows 10 systems in WSL 2 by the end of this month, and now has a new program that will support Linux GUI applications that will allow it to run with regular Windows applications.
Once the feature is on line, this means that Windows users can enable the Linux GUI application without using X11 forwarding, and can run Linux integrated development (IDE) with the Windows application.
Linux GUI applications can currently be run in Windows using third-party X Server, but there is poor performance. Microsoft is committed to solving the problem. Windows 10 will soon get support from Linux tools for GPU hardware acceleration. This is primarily for development scenarios involving parallel computing or training machine learning and artificial intelligence models.
GPU hardware acceleration will begin to appear in Windows 10 Insiders’ Fast channel in the coming months, and Microsoft plans to share more information about the time it takes to support Linux GUI applications later this year.
Microsoft has also added native OpenSSH to Windows 10, and even Ubuntu, SUSE Linux and Fedora in the Windows Store. Microsoft’s Windows Terminal command line tool, which was released in preview last year, has now reached 1.0 this week. Microsoft has even improved Linux file integration in Windows 10 File Explorer.