New GPU and GUI features announced for WSL at Build
Tags: CUDA , GUI , nvidia , Ubuntu WSL
Microsoft Build, Microsoft’s annual developer conference, is taking place virtually May 19-20. Ubuntu will be featured throughout the event, in announcements of new WSL features, demos of cloud-native development on Microsoft Azure, and by presenters using Ubuntu desktop with native Microsoft applications like Teams, Code, and Edge:
GPU and GUI application support
In an address by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella the company announced new features coming to WSL 2. WSL 2 is the latest version of Windows Subsystem for Linux powered by a real Linux kernel in a lightweight virtual machine. These new features will unlock powerful workflows for users of Ubuntu on WSL:
- Nvidia CUDA and DirectML support for GPU accelerated applications and development tools, such as Kubeflow on microk8s.
- Linux GUI application support enabling native and cross-platform development with tools such as GNOME Builder, KDevelop, and Emacs.
From the DirectX Developer Blog:
WSL 2 is currently available in Windows Insiders builds. WSL 2 will be generally available in Windows 10 version 2004, which is anticipated in the next few weeks. GPU support is expected to be available in Windows Insiders builds in a few months. A timeline for Linux GUI application support is expected later this year.
microk8s and LXD on WSL 2
A Kubernetes development environment is available today on Ubuntu on WSL 2 using microk8s. A presentation from Canonical on using microk8s on WSL 2 will go live on May 22. You can sign up to be notified or subscribe to Celebrate Ubuntu on YouTube.
Ubuntu on WSL 2 can also power LXD-based container workflows on Windows. Here is a tutorial from WSLConf on using LXD on WSL 2.
LXD 4.0 recently introduced VM support which can be used after Microsoft lands nested virtualization support in WSL 2 later this year.
See all of the videos from WSLConf on our YouTube Channel.
Additional new features
Additional features coming to WSL announced by Microsoft at Build 2020 include:
- An easier way to install WSL on any version of Windows using wsl.exe –install and later the ability to specify a specific distribution and version, such as Ubuntu 20.04.
- WSL 2 will now become the default when installing WSL for the first time.
Learn more about Ubuntu on WSL 2
- More details on the new WSL 2 features can be found in on the Windows Command Line blog.
- More details on the GPU support is available on the DirectX Developer Blog.
- Microsoft also announced Windows Terminal, the highly customizable GPU-accelerated terminal for Ubuntu on WSL, has reached 1.0.
- Sign up to be notified about the forthcoming microk8s on WSL presentation or subscribe to our YouTube channel.
- Read more about Ubuntu on WSL at ubuntu.com/wsl.
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