Preview of GUI app support available for Windows Subsystem for Linux

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  1. Posts : 11,246
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux

    Hi there
    Great stuff !!!

    I did actually manage to get some "Windowed" apps working when WSL first appeared -- I couldn't though get a full desktop GUI.

    Here's three old screenshots from a while back - was a bit tricky to get even this working as you needed to install some type of "X-Server" on Windows.

    Preview of GUI app support available for Windows Subsystem for Linux-wsl.png

    Preview of GUI app support available for Windows Subsystem for Linux-wsl2.png

    Preview of GUI app support available for Windows Subsystem for Linux-ubuntu1.png

    In the 3rd screenshot you can see the X-server for windows that I needed at the time -- this probably won't work any more as it uses x-org rather than the new (X)WAYLAND x-server. The X-server on Windows I was using at the time was XLAUNCH. The screenshop show the GNOME desktop app (from UBUNTU) - the system configuration panel.

    This new system looks as if it will be a winner !!! (If it works). I don't think you need the XLAUNCH app either to get some GUI apps to work.

    I'll have a test with this -- I'll do it first as a VM -- I can run "Nested VM's" So I'll have a Windows VM with WSL and have a go - initially I want this as a POC (Proof of Concept) test to see if it works so I'm not too bothered at this stage about performance so long as it's not rediculously bonkersly slow.

    If this works it looks like the Windows kernel is going in the Linux KVM way using a "Kernel based Virtual Machine" and could be quite efficient - especially if it doesn't need an emulator like QEMU (although QEMU isn't too horrible).

    Any people who have got this working - let's see some screenshots.

    @swarfega - I'll mess around with this - would be great to have a whole desktop such as KDE working -=- GRSYNC would be a great app IMO to also have on this as it's a great archiving / data backup tool as opposed to disk cloning and imaging and you can connect devices to the WSL.

    @mods - suggestion -- any chance to move this off the News section into say subsection of apps or equivalent -- I suspect quite a few will be messing around with this and there might be a few decent suggestions and tweaks -- it would also be nice to award rep points to good suggestions and ideas that work.

    Last edited by jimbo45; 27 Apr 2021 at 07:13.
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  2. Posts : 7,254
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

    Keep us informed Jimbo!
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