[texworks] TeXwork's possible Win10 future?/ ...GUI app support for the Windows Subsystem for Linux

Paul A Norman paul.a.norman at gmail.com
Thu Apr 22 08:29:45 CEST 2021

 Just an early heads up ..."The Initial Preview of GUI app support is now
available for the Windows Subsystem for Linux"

"A year ago at BUILD 2020 we introduced our goal to bring Linux GUI
applications to the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) to run Linux GUI
applications. We are proud to announce the first preview of this highly
anticipated and open source feature! We’ve given this feature the nickname:
“*WSLg*”. Please check out the video below or keep reading to see what you
can use this feature for, how it works, and how to install it.

"WSL lets you run a Linux environment, and up until this point has focused
on enabling command line tools utilities and applications. GUI app support
now lets you use your favorite Linux GUI applications as well. WSL is used
in a wide variety of applications, workloads, and use cases, so ultimately,
it’s up to you on what you’d like to use GUI app support for. Below, we’ve
highlighted some key scenarios to help you fall in love with running
applications in a Linux environment.
When that actually becomes stable, and with direct Windows 10 development
(Qt and otherwise) sometimes becoming a little difficult at times with all
the constant roll out and library changes, it might be useful to recommend
oneday for the Linux version to be used on WIndows 10 under that scheme,

Earlier Windows versions would still need roll outs of TeXworks, but as
only some of those (esp 8.1) are receiving intermittent security fixes –
and all of them with core library functionality effectively frozen, and so
they are actually more stable than Windows 10 often, as many big
enterprises have found :-)

“WSLg” will probably always be little a bit sort of sandboxed from the
Windows 10 so *might* yet prove to be more stable overall, than its
overlying host (mostly).

“WSLg”  or a like project could well be worth keeping an eye on ...


Kind regards,
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