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"New Windows 10 test build adds first preview of Linux GUI apps on WSL"


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A year ago, Microsoft officials announced plans to bring support for Linux GUI apps to Windows 10. A first preview of this feature is part of Dev Channel test build 21364.

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Microsoft is making its first preview of support for Linux GUI applications, including editors and tools, for those who want to develop, test, build, and run their apps. Microsoft officials said at Build 2020 last spring that it intended to bring Linux GUI apps to Windows. (It's calling this feature WSLg.)

 

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This could be HUGE for folding if cards that benefit from running Lin could be used on a VM through win. 

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That would be cool. 

 

It's crazy that it has taken them this long to implement something like that.

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4 hours ago, Avacado said:

 

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This could be HUGE for folding if cards that benefit from running Lin could be used on a VM through win. 

 

Currently the GPU portion of this is just 3D acceleration of OpenGl.  Someone did file a request on the WSLg repo for OpenCl support. https://github.com/microsoft/wslg/issues/39

 

It was possible to do this before, but it was not a seamless experience like what Microsoft is doing here.  It is still a bit hacky with what amounts to a nested VM inside of WSL accessed over RDP.  Other than that, I'll just keep my thoughts to myself on the whole Microsoft❤️Linux narrative. :) 

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