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  1. Add libgl support to WSL

    There are many development tools unable to be ported to Windows due to their proprietary nature and others that though not proprietary have no interest in porting to Windows. For me specifically, it's being able to utilize dev tools such as VSCode, Sublime Text, Draft, Javalin, Bootsnap, OSQuery, and/or FSQL without downloading a third party X server that only does partial implementation. Libgl is specifically required to get GUI apps to run and doesn't currently exist. Please implement libgl and create an API for driver makers to use to enable use of these and other GUI dev tools.

    103 votes
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  2. Install Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo)

    Please, provide installer with the latest Ubuntu 19.04 for WSL.

    2 votes
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  3. Scroll mode shortcut key -> <Scroll lock> key mapping

    Alt + Space + E + L is so complex.

    Also Sometimes (Ctrl+)PgUp, (Ctrl+)PgDown key not work. especially on WSL(bash), mysql, netsh, docker.

    4 votes
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  4. Add suppor to Bluetooth on WSL

    Exposing bluetooth to the WSL is necessary to develop IoT without having ot fire up a Viertual Machine.

    81 votes
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  5. To be able to open tabs would be great.

    I am stuck using a MAC at work because the terminal is far superior. with Linux/MAC I can open multiple tabs in the terminal, with windows WSL I have to open a bunch of windows. Sometimes I will has 7 or 8 tabs open at once... Adding tabs to the command terminal would be an excellent upgrade. I work with a bunch of DevOps and TechOps people and the vast majority would rather be using windows, but because of the lack of features with the command box they are stuck using MAC's

    72 votes
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  6. Support for sparse files in LxFS (flow type checker fails) WSL#1732

    This issue says it better than I can:

    https://github.com/Microsoft/WSL/issues/1732

    Real Linux:

    $ truncate -s 27927781376 foo
    $ ls -l foo
    -rw-r--r-- 1 ken ken 27927781376 Feb 27 21:00 foo
    $ du --block-size=1 foo
    0 foo

    WSL 15042:

    $ truncate -s 27927781376 foo
    $ ls -l foo
    -rw-r--r-- 1 ken ken 27927781376 Feb 27 21:00 foo
    $ du --block-size=1 foo
    27927781376 foo

    14 votes
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  7. WSL: Add Hardwaresupport for Video capture devices

    Hello,
    I want to use process my webcam stream via OpenCV. Apparently there is no support for webcams yet, as /dev/ is pretty empty.

    ´--- Opening /dev/video0...
    stat: No such file or directory
    ´

    47 votes
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  8. OpenCL & CUDA GPU support

    It would be nice to have (relatively) easy access to the dedicated GPU's on our Win10 PC's, and OpenCL support for the AMD Drivers & CUDA for NVidia drivers etc.

    What I am thinking on specifically (although there are many many uses for it and CUDA support) is hashing functions that are lackluster within windows itself, but benefit immensely within Linux and Unix.

    Cryptocurrency mining for example, is known to be much faster on Linux systems than Windows. Do you see any support for OpenCL and/or CUDA in the future?

    4,270 votes
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  9. Optimize disk I/O speed

    Due to administrative requirements, I cannot disable windows defender in the WSL directory - right now, all disk I/O is **very** slow (10x slower than native windows) - is disk I/O already fully optimized? 5-10x slower sounds pretty bugworthy.

    4 votes
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  10. Integrate with Crossmeta that provides BSD VFS

    Allow integration of Crossmeta BSD VFS driver with WSL and many of the problems voiced here can be solved. The Crossmeta system provides all the VFS related POSIX syscalls with BusyBox already within WIN subsystem itself.

    Related Links:
    BSD VFS information:
    https://github.com/crossmeta/sys

    FUSE for Windows. This is real FUSE port that supports Low-Level and High-Level interface of Linux fuse.
    https://github.com/crossmeta/cxfuse

    It already supports mounting XFS, EXT2/3/4, HFS+

    Supports loop back devices of files or VHD images(losetup)

    Raw disk access with PnP support for USB or Cloud Disks

    2 votes
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  11. A more specific instruction for heavy linux user

    WSL is quite nice, as a trial of break the barrier between windows for mature APPs and linux for developer needs.

    However, can you post a more specific instruction how to understand WSL. Especially when heavy ubuntu user trys to set some ubuntu features.

    From where can we find the whole system files, to how to use copy and paste correctly in WSL. All these macroscopic or microcosmic details are the key to the usability of WSL

    1 vote
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  12. Any plans for WSL on windows 10 phone?

    As a developer, being able to do tiny things, or SSH to a server, with a device always within arms reach would be really useful. I think this would renew interest Windows phone devices.

    1 vote
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  13. Support for Azure Service Fabric

    Please support Azure Service Fabric development in WSL2 as per: https://github.com/Azure/service-fabric-issues/issues/1201

    1 vote
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  14. lrzsz support in wsl console

    Most linux distributions offer the `lrzsz` package for uploading/downloading arbitrary files using the z-modem protocol. I use SecureCRT from VanDyke that allows:
    1. running a linux command such as `sz /etc/hosts` that drops the requested file(s) into a configurable local folder (e.g the windows desktop).
    2. drag'n'drop one or more files onto the terminal window invokes the `rz` linux command which receives the dropped files into the current linux folder (non-destructively) with their correct filenames.
    This highly useful functionality can be used within nested SSH sessions to pull/push arbitrary files between local windows folders and remote linux machines.

    1 vote
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  15. Support windows 1809 on the new terminal

    The new terminal only has support for windows 1903, as it has no related features and windows server 2019 is based of 1809, it would make sense to support 1809 for the new terminal.

    1 vote
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  16. Windows Terminal: title bar and tabs match background

    Add a property in the profiles.json so that the title bar and tabs match the background, i.e. colour and acrylic setting including opacity. Essentially make it minimal and clean, much like Hyper's title bar.

    1 vote
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  17. Shared memory between WSL and a Windows process

    Being able to map shared memory between a windows and a WSL process could be useful for writing hybrid Win API/Posix applications. Currently this is possible with sockets, but shared memory could enable a tighter integration.

    1 vote
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  18. Vim mode

    Pls support vim mode
    Visual . Insert and normal

    Usually I use vim / nvim terminal to select text on terminal

    1 vote
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  20. Terminal session logging

    Windows Terminal is something I am very excited for and would love to see the ability to log terminal sessions to a '.log' file, or at least a switch for specific sessions, be it local or ssh or even specific ssh sessions.

    1 vote
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