DirectX Coming to Linux...Sort of

published 19.05.2020 22:27

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Microsoft is preparing to add the DirectX API support to WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux).

The latest Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 will virtualize DirectX to Linux applications running on top of it.

WSL is a translation layer for Linux apps to run on top of Windows.

Unlike Wine, which attempts to translate Direct3D commands to OpenGL, what Microsoft is proposing is a real DirectX interface for apps in WSL, which can essentially talk to hardware (the host's kernel-mode GPU driver) directly.To this effect, Microsoft introduced the Linux-edition of DXGkrnl, a new kernel-mode driver for Linux that talks to the DXGkrnl driver of the Windows host.

Microsoft expects to release this feature-packed WSL out with WDDM 2.9 (so a future version of Windows 10).