Windows Subsystem for Linux now supports Linux applications with GUI
In this way, developers will now be able to run Linux-based GUI applications in the Windows 10 operating system using the Windows for Linux (WSL) subsystem. These apps will be added to the Start menu, and they can be launched at the touch of a button. This feature is expected to help developers create cross-platform applications.
To support our developers who build on Windows, we are excited to announce new features in our developer tool offerings that provide increased satisfaction and productivity. You can now use GUI app support on Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) so that all the tools and workflows of Linux run on your developer machine. Windows allows you to work with seamless integrations with any workflow with GUI apps, Linux and GPU-accelerated ML training.
Along with this, there are several exciting Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) announcements at Microsoft Build this year. Firstly, WSL now includes support for applications to leverage your GPU on Windows, allowing you to run your Linux AI and Machine Learning scenarios directly inside of WSL.
The second major WSL announcement is that we have added support for Linux GUI apps in WSL, which makes it possible to run your favorite Linux editors, tools, utilities and applications. This will greatly improve your ability to build, test, debug and run Linux applications. Once you’ve installed GUI app support, you’ll be able to open a WSL window and start a Linux GUI app right away, without the need to set up an X Server each time.