I think they have two teams working at cross-purposes. I believe they already announced a GUI approach for WSL2 that involved some RDP plumbing running over the "VM bus." But this 3D acceleration stuff will provide most of the plumbing they need for a far better and more performant experience. It's just that it appears they're focusing on compute acceleration first; which makes sense. Solve the easy problem first.
I've been saying for a while now that guest OS's need a full-fledged user-mode driver for the host's GPU for a halfway decent user experience. Desktop apps have really outgrown the old, 2D-only XAA/EXA approach. It's good to see this finally taking off outside of niche hypervisors that only support a specific GPU. Microsoft may be the only company in the industry that has both the expertise and the deep pockets to do this well.
For better and for worse.
Sorry, what was I saying. GEORGE SOROS IS FUNDING THIS PROJECT SO DON'T USE IT.
2020-07-11 16:44 from IGnatius T Foobar
Well for now, George can fund a second video card for my system so I
can just do PCI passthrough to the guest OS and wire it up to a spare
input on my monitor.
Does that actually work in Virtualbox? Asking for a friend...
Wait, I've already got a second card. It's called running a discrete video card on a system with integrated graphics...
Here's someone doing the same with KVM: [ https://mathiashueber.com/pci-passthrough-ubuntu-2004-virtual-machine/ ]
I get a lot of spam from people who bought my name, email address, employer, and job title from ... well, probably from someone who sold the list of all of the badge swipes they got at a trade show or something. Normally they're obvious because they're the only ones who ever put my name in the subject line of an email.
The more brazen of these jerkwads will occasionally send me an actual calendar invite for some spaminar they want me to dial into. This being Outlook, it immediately shows up on my calendar as a tentative. Delete the message? Still tentative. Mark it as spam? Still tentative. Block the sender? Still tentative. I now have to go into the calendar, find the spaminar, and delete it -- and even then, it *still* asks if I want to send a decline to the jerkwad, which is exactly what I was trying not to do in the first place.
Outlook/Exchange calendar handling heuristics are crap. But we knew that.
That hardly counts as an American company that can be trusted not to spy on users. Microsoft is *legendary* for putting spyware all over its software.
There are even reports that the person at TikTok who masterminded its spyware is *from* Microsoft.
Thankfully, this software is completely useless and has no business on anyone's phones.
Subject: Netcraft confirms it: Microsoft is dying (hahaha)
Remember the old days when everyone eagerly anticipated the Netcraft web server survey every month? We were always pleased to see Apache's dominance over Micro$oft's crappy web server. When nginx emerged, there was some concern that one would have to combine Apache+nginx to get the true number that competed with Micro$oft.
Not anymore. Some time last year, Apache and nginx both exceeded Microsoft's share, each on their own.
(If you can't see the graph, go to https://news.netcraft.com/archives/category/web-server-survey/ )
Obviously I don't expect this to continue indefinitely. nginx is so much better than Apache that I expect it will continue to eat up Apache's share of the web. But for now, this is fun to look at.