Linux GUI app support will soon be available on Windows 10

Teodor Nechita
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  • Microsoft has allowed Insiders to access and start testing the Linux GUI apps for Windows 10.
  • The app support from Microsoft brings GPU hardware acceleration, so apps will run smoothly.
  • The Task Manager eco mode is an experimental feature that lets users throttle process resources.
  • Linux GUI apps can be tested only by those that have installed the latest Windows Insider build.
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The Linux GUI apps are finally here after being announced a year ago in the BUILD 2020 virtual conference.

Starting today Windows Insiders have gained access to the Linux GUI apps allowing developers to run tools and test them.

It’s not new to be able to run Linux GUI apps within Windows 10 with a third-party server, but thanks to the official Microsoft support, now there is also a GPU hardware acceleration option available, making the tools run smoothly.

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Microsoft has named the feature WSLg what it does is to allow you to run a Linux environment with the use of your favorite Linux GUI applications.

Considering that the WSL is used in a wide variety of applications, workloads and use cases deciding on what you want to use the GUI app support it’s up to you.

You can test both Linux GUI apps on Windows 10 or this new Task Manager feature by installing the Windows Insider build 21364 from the Dev Channel according to Microsoft’s statement:

We are starting the rollout of this feature as an initial preview before we fully roll it into the WSL experience. To get started using Linux GUI app support, you’ll need to make sure you’re on Windows 10 Insiders preview build 21364 or higher. If you already have WSL installed, all you need to do is run wsl --update and you’ll be set to use GUI apps. If you don’t have WSL enabled, running wsl --install will install WSLg automatically as part of the initial WSL setup.

Eco mode feature

Additionally, Microsoft is also running a new eco mode for Windows Task Manager. The feature is still experimental and it’s designed to rein in apps that are taking a lot of system use.

If you want to temporarily throttle back an app, then this feature will be extremely useful.

This Task Manager feature can also by tested by installing the Windows Insider build 21364, just as with the Linux GUI app.

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