Mike Slinn

Connoisseur of Technology

Windows Subsystem for Linux Revisited

2018-08-20 / All Blog posts

I've been using Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) headless since it was first released with Windows 10 version 1607 in August 2016. The April 2018 release significantly improved WSL.

It is possible to work with Ubuntu graphically on a vanilla Windows machine. No special drivers are required. No special Linux or Ubuntu support is required from the computer vendor.

This is my setup for running an X client from WSL, accessed via an X server like XMing from Windows. These scripts assume Ubuntu 18.04 was installed under WSL.

Essential Scripts

Here are bash scripts to install everything:

Optional Scripts

The remaining scripts are all optional.


These bash scripts allow VNC to connect to a remote machine or to WSL on the local machine.

Packages and Programming Environments

Installation of various packages and programming environments follow.




Java Virtual Machine


Atom Editor


The advent of WSL means that Wine is no longer required!

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