The Windows Subsystem for Linux is getting GPU and GUI support

Microsoft is continuing to improve the Windows Subsystem for Linux, as the company today announced even more features that are on the way. Windows 10 version 2004 is going to include Windows Subsystem for Linux 2, which means that an actual Linux kernel is shipping with Windows 10, and soon, it’s getting GPU and GUI support.

With GPU support comes hardware acceleration, meaning that you can handle some pretty heavy workloads depending on what kind of hardware you have. You can do things like parallel computation, machine learning, and artificial intelligence models.

Support for GUI apps without a third-party server is pretty interesting as well. It’s not just about having a command line shell anymore. Now, you can run your favorite Linux IDE from right within Windows.

The third and final improvement that Microsoft announced today is that it’s going to be easier to install the Windows Subsystem for Linux. All you have to do is run the command ‘wsl.exe – install’. Previously, you had to activate it through the Control Panel.

Microsoft didn’t exactly say when these features will arrive, but Insiders should be able to test them out pretty soon.