Windows 10 Will Let You Run GUI Linux Apps

published 19.05.2020 19:56

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“You’ll be able to use your favorite Linux […] GUI application alongside your other Windows applications,” say Microsoft There are no plans to prioritise giving native Windows apps preferential access to GPU resources compared to Linux ones.

Microsoft has developed a Direct X driver for the Linux kernel that it says allows “…applications running inside of the Linux environment [to] have the same access to the GPU as native applications on Windows.”

Nautilus running on Windows 10 (image: Microsoft) The company has also undertaken a major engineering effort to improve GPU support for apps from in a WSL environment.

While there’s no firm date for when users can expect to run GUI Linux apps on Windows 10 Microsoft say new capabilities will arrive via Windows 10 updates later this year, once WSL 2 is more widely available.

“Soon you’ll be able to use your favorite Linux IDE or other GUI application alongside your other Windows applications on your Windows desktop,” Microsoft say.