This year is being quite interesting when it comes to Linux applications, as the companies behind Windows 10 and Chrome OS have been working very hard throughout all these months to bring the support that allows their native execution.
And while Chrome OS will bring stable support in a few weeks, as we mentioned a few days ago, now we find the announcement of the official arrival of Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL2) for all usersMicrosoft announced at the developer event.
An interesting milestone for those who wanted to have Linux apps on Windows
Keep in mind that WSL 2 until now has been available in preview phase, and as its name indicates, it is the subsystem that lives inside Windows 10, which even has its own Linux kernel, to allow the execution of Linux applications with graphical interface as if it were another native application of the system, where in fact, they will use the same style of windows as native Windows applications.
This will allow users to use Windows applications and Linux applications interchangeably within Windows 10, taking advantage of the many applications that already exist for Linux distributions, including those applications that also make use of webcams and microphones for video conferencing and other activities.
The interesting thing here is that users will not need to install any classic virtualization machine, or graphical server, or even configure anything in Windows 10.
What Windows 10 actually does is to launch its internal Linux distribution, called CBL-Mariner, which has everything you need to run Linux applications with a graphical interface with complete ease, even allowing some complex applications to make use of hardware acceleration with the computer’s own GPU.
As we say, WSL 2 is already available to all users, so it will be the same ones who can now choose those Linux applications that they want to use in their day to day, and that obviously are not available natively for Windows.
There is no doubt that this 2021, Linux applications with graphical interface will begin to gain prominence, so we will even have to consider which of them can be useful to use both in Windows 10 and in Chrome OS, depending on the system we choose.
This scenario seemed impossible a few years ago, but now things are completely different, where even in a while we will see applications that are also respectful with the environment.