Enabling the Windows Subsystem for Linux to include support for Wayland and X server related scenarios (by microsoft)

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  • Existing WSL2 projects and W11 upgrade
    "Find in Files" dialog closes
  • i mean a looot
  • I am trying the Windows Subsystem for Android and I downloaded Apple music on it because iTunes. In the subsystem settings, is there a setting to make the app show like it does on the chromebook (second photo, like android tablets), or a seperate apk file that someone can link in the comments
    unfortunately it wouldnt be possible without microsoft's cooperation. the biggest hurdle is microsoft would have to implement drm support into wsl, as the current chrome os graphics stack is custom & entirely depends on talking directly to the drm device. (before someone replies "we already have that with wslg" wslg is actually entirely implemented without drm & microsoft has no plan to implement it.) they'd also have to make sure the init binary is compatible with chrome os as it heavily relies on its init system (a now fork of upstart with bits of systemd grafted on)
  • Preparing the Windows 10 November 2021 Update for Release | 2021-10-21
    Sadly nope, i would still be running Win10 if that was the case. Source
  • Can't run GUI apps on WSL natively
    Try installing the latest WSLg version from
  • SLS & Linux | 2021-10-18
    Not as a boot drive yet. WSL2 is pretty sweet though, it even supports Wayland:
  • WSL 2 can't open GUI apps in Windows 11 22200.XXX
  • Does anyone know how to properly setup react native with wsl2?
    I'm sure though it should be much easier now though with wslg on Windows 11.
  • Windows 11’s first update makes AMD CPU performance even worse
    Not anymore, improved wsl has been removed of Windows 10 21H2 and made Windows 11 exclusive.
  • Harden and secure browsers in containers, with GUI | 2021-10-11
    Now that WSLg support ( has landed in a release version of windows, another approach to this is to create new WSL distros for specific tasks, and run browsers from them.

    Whilst it's a VM, I've found start-up time for WSL instances to be pretty quick, and it's pretty easy to create and clone a template VM (one approach ) | 2021-10-11
  • How to create your own shortcuts for WSLg?
    Here's the full github issue that helped me solve my problem.
  • Windows 12 is just Linux
  • Part of Windows 11 is a revamped Windows Subsystem for Linux | 2021-10-07
    You are correct (and I was wrong). Looks like there’s still Windows 10 21H2 update coming with some new things, but wslg is not one of them.

    There’s a feature request for including it foe Windows 10: | 2021-10-07
    >You can only run command line programs, although I understand this could be different in Windows 11

    WSLg solves this, apparently


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