There is a couple of guides out there on how to get GUI applications running in Linux Subsystem for Windows (WSL).
I tried to follow a handful of them, but each of them had something in common: Both Linux native Github Atom and Linux native Visual Studio Code refused to open.
In my last approach, following this overly simple guide, I don't get any error messages. Running
code just doesn't do anything and instantly returns.
To put that into perspective, running
gvim works without a problem:
What could be the issue here?
- I am using Windows 10 Pro build 17134. (I am not able to join Insiders).
- I am using the default Ubuntu distribution for WSL.
- I tried using xfce4, but got the following error when trying to start Atom:
assertion 'pthread_mutex_unlock(&m->mutex) == 0' failed at pulsecore/mutex-posix.c:108, function pa_mutex_unlock(). aborting.
This could be resolved when running
sudo apt remove --purge libpulse0 but
xfce4 depends on it.
Or one could use Windows 10 build 17627 which was never released as far as I can tell.
So in my latest test I am not using any desktop environment, but instead start the applications directly into
DISPLAY=:0.0 so Xming could pick it up, which it does for
gvim. (I am using
I tried 18.04, using latest Atom release and both with and without xfce4. Neither was successful.