Linux on Windows: This new upgrade allows you to run graphical apps simply and effectively

Microsoft has released a preview of its graphical tooling for WSL 2, and it’s surprisingly good.

Nearly a year after it was first announced, Microsoft has finally released a preview of support for graphical apps in the Windows Subsystem for Linux. Shipping with the latest Dev Channel builds of Windows 10, it’s a major upgrade to WSL, showing how future releases will integrate Linux applications with the Windows desktop. 

Microsoft is calling this new feature WSLg, installing as an update to its existing WSL 2 platform, and without needing any changes to installed WSL Linux distributions. I tested it with the standard Ubuntu WSL release from the Windows store, using both an existing install and a fresh set-up. (I’d recommend using a fresh setup if you’ve experimented with using an X server or xrdp to add graphics to WSL in the past, as it avoids any…

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