Great news for all the Linux developers, as Microsoft is getting ready to debut the new Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) 2 all across the world. If I say it in simple words, Windows parent company is stepping up its Linux game all over again. It is bringing Linux GUI apps to Windows 10 soon which means that you can now browse the Linux Version of Firefox and many other Linux GUI apps adjacent to the Windows version.
Before this, Microsoft in 2016 brought Linux command tools to Windows 10. And last year, it brought a built-in Linux kernel to the Windows 10 which was well back then, quite surprising. The added support of Linux GUI apps in Windows 10 will be enabled without users having to use X11 forwarding. It is, however, mainly designed for developers so that they can run Linux IDE adjacent to the regular Windows apps.
Before Microsoft announced this decision, it was still possible for Windows users to run GUI apps. It was done by using a third-party X server to run GUI apps. But the drawback of poor graphics performance was always an issue. To solve the problem, Microsoft promises that the graphics issue will be definitely solved. Windows is also soon getting support for GPU hardware acceleration with Linux tools. The company says;
Added support for GPU computes workflows allows Linux tools to leverage GPUs to enable hardware acceleration for many development scenarios, such as parallel computation and training machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) models.
When Linux GUI apps will come to Windows 10?
The GPU hardware acceleration will start rolling out for Windows 10 Insiders in the Fast Ring in the coming few months. Microsoft will also soon report when the Linux GUI apps support will come to the Windows 10 later this year. Microsoft clearly aims solidly at the developer who wills to use Windows as a dev box by doing all these latest Linux improvements. The greatest improvement that is done to Windows with WSL by Microsoft in recent years is the addition of Bash shell to Windows at Build four years ago.
Well, it is a great step forward by Microsoft in order to bring Linux GUI apps and GPU hardware acceleration to Windows 10. There’s a lot more to come along with this, which will be known in some time in the future. If there is something to share, we will surely keep you updated!
Via: The Verge