Linux VR Desktop (by SimulaVR)

Simula Alternatives

Similar projects and alternatives to Simula

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Simula reviews and mentions

Posts with mentions or reviews of Simula. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-04-25.
  • Seeking info about nreal air usb interfaces
    3 projects | /r/nreal | 25 Apr 2023
    That's the dream! I really want to see if I can get it working with a VR compatible desktop env like; but failing that, just getting the second display surface to be floating instead of fixed would be a huge boon!
  • VR for office work - a viable strategy?
    2 projects | /r/archlinux | 20 Dec 2022
    That's a clever way of doing it. =) I have considered xrdesktop, Immersed and Simula (SimulaVR's window manager without their headset) as well. Seemingly, Immersed can only create virtual monitors and not separate windows for each application, which leaves xrdesktop and Simula the better options.
    2 projects | /r/archlinux | 20 Dec 2022
    There's also Simula, but I have a Quest 2 which isn't supported under Linux. Their GitHub page has a list of supported ones.
  • Godot Desktop Environment
    2 projects | /r/godot | 14 Dec 2022
    You might be interested in looking at SimulaVR - it's a VR desktop built with godot (and haskell), but it uses, iirc, wlroots to handle windows and grab their surfaces to display as textures in godot.
  • Ask HN: Working in a VR Headset
    7 projects | | 5 Nov 2022
    So, you might be interested in . There have been a few examples of VR windows managers on Linux which don’t require an entire OS rewrite.

    Is that the solution Meta will go w/ almost certainly not. But replacing a WM for a different “view” of your OS is a pretty common thing on Linux. (For some distros like Arch, replace isn’t the right word. You have to install whichever one you’d like from the beginning)

    7 projects | | 5 Nov 2022
    We're still in preorder phase, aiming to ship most headsets in ~Q2 of 2023.

    This is our first foray into hardware, but we already developed a stable Linux VR Desktop ( from 2017-2021.

    We try to provide frequent updates on our hardware engineering progress. For example, here's a recent post showing some videos of our review units: If you're interested in community discussion, you might also check out

    7 projects | | 5 Nov 2022
    Yep, you can try out our software at on the HTC Vive and Valve Index platforms.

    If you don't have one of those headsets, there are some videos of people (whom we have no affiliation with) on YouTube testing it out: Here's also (a pretty old) video of me hacking on Simula, in Simula:

    It's also true that we're more focused on hardware right now. We plan on reverting more towards software development in 2023. For more details:

    Some things we have planned to implement include VR window tiling and some other UI stuff.

    7 projects | | 5 Nov 2022
  • Mentor-ship
    2 projects | /r/learnprogramming | 2 Oct 2022
  • XR2 Processor for purchase
    2 projects | /r/virtualreality | 25 Sep 2022
    The Simula One is a Linux-based, standalone VR headset with compute specs that are comparable to premium laptops (x86 architecture) as well as very high pixel density (35.5 PPD). The software its built over is open-source (, and its hardware is being built in the open (though not entirely open-source since it would violate many of our NDAs, etc).
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Basic Simula repo stats
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SimulaVR/Simula is an open source project licensed under MIT License which is an OSI approved license.

The primary programming language of Simula is Haskell.

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