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  1. Windows Console options mockup

    Mockup: https://imgur.com/LjRKwIZ
    Some ideas that could be added in Windows Setting about the Windows Console:
    Select a new default shell: Allow user to select PowerShell, Command Prompt or Bash as default shell across the system
    Reset Windows Console options: Reset all users customizations in Console>Right Click> Default & Properties windows.
    Apply following settings to Windows Console:
    - Use legacy console (As in Console Properties window)
    - Various edit options
    - Command History settings
    - Font settings
    - Text selection
    - Transparency (View better transparency option on uservoice)
    - Etc

    Maybe can be added a section dedicated to Windows Console

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      0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • vaapi / vdpau support for hardware video decode/encode acceleration

      Command-line tools such as ffmpeg or gstreamer that deal with video can optionally use hardware acceleration for various codecs, depending on GPU support -- see https://trac.ffmpeg.org/wiki/Hardware/VAAPI

      It would be great if the hardware acceleration for video already supported by Windows native drivers could be exposed via VAAPI and/or VDPAU interfaces to be used.

      5 votes
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        0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Run WSL binaries in Windows without 'bash.exe -c'

        It would be nice for Windows to be able to run binaries in WSL without needing to prefix 'bash.exe -c'. The main reason for this would be editor integration. For example, VS Code language extensions require the binary for the language to be in your PATH and often do not work without it. It seems like a waste to install the language in both Windows and WSL just to get editor integration.

        Obviously, executables from Windows will still have a higher priority. Only when the executable cannot be found in the Windows PATH should it now attempt to run the…

        81 votes
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          4 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • fcntl(F_SETFD, 0) failed:Invalid argument

          After installing cpanm with sudo apt install cpanm, attempting to install Server::Start with

          cpanm Server::Starter

          hangs on an infinite loop:

          stat("/tmp/DyfOTwwiZ6", 0x953298) = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)
          time([1512700980]) = 1512700980
          nanosleep({1, 0}, 0x7fffdde1f360) = 0
          time([1512700981]) = 1512700981
          stat("/tmp/DyfOTwwiZ6", 0x953298) = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)
          time([1512700981]) = 1512700981
          nanosleep({1, 0}, 0x7fffdde1f360) = 0

          This appears to be caused by the child process in the test dying because an fcntl call fails. To get more information, you can run

          sudo cpanm Server::Starter --look

          then typing

          $ perl Build.PL
          $ ./Build test
          t/00-base.t ............ ok
          t/01-starter.t…

          2 votes
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          • Add ADB and Fastboot support for Android devices

            To be able to access Android devices for developer/diagnostic tasks.

            8 votes
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              1 comment  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • 18 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Make the Windows FS mounts under WSL have reasonable user and group

                Right now the WSL suffers pretty severely from /mnt/c/ and others having all the files owned by root:root and permissions set to 777.

                A *LOT* of tools will refuse to work with files with those permissions, files owned by root, or under the root account for security reasons. Some quick examples for developers: git and hg (Mercurial)

                24 votes
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                  0 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Console

                  I know the windows command prompt is legacy, but it really deserves an upgrade. In all cases I avoid it like the a plague and that is just a shame. Take a look at Hyper by Guillermo Rauch, it is configurable, supports multiple windows and minimalist.. It easily could do more, but suffice to say it works better than ComEMU (which I used for a long time but is too complex) and the standard console.

                  Consoles are for developers, so give them the tools they need. I run multiple consoles in development environments, running servers and logs while the others…

                  7 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    We’re a small team (3 devs) and are working full-time on improving the Console (terminal) UX, as well as Windows’ command-line plumbing itself.

                    While we can’t ship UX improvements weekly, we do ship several improvements in each major Win10 release.

                    We don’t have the luxury of building and shipping a terminal written in javascript – we have MUCH tighter performance, memory, disk, etc. footprint limitations to work within in order to satisfy our many customers.

                    If Hyper works for you, use it with our blessing – we love Gillermo’s work. If Maximus5’s ConEmu works for you, please use it – we love Max’s work too!

                    In the meantime, we’ll continue to work on overhauling this > 30 year old code-base and adding essential new features and capabilities.

                  • Shift+Tab / Backtab escape

                    iTerm (and presumably others) supports a ^[[Z~ escape sequence for Shift+Tab. I've been doing some work on PSReadLine to improve ANSI escape support, and this would be a really helpful addition for the completion commands.

                    4 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • 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?

                      3,710 votes
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                        396 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Hey WSL users, as many of you have been asking for an update: we still do not have anything on the books yet for this feature, but we have NOT forgotten this request.

                        As we navigate requirements and evaluate our WSL work, we ask that you please continue voicing your desires and upvoting this issue. Feel free to ping me on twitter @CraigWilhite to tell me more about how you’d like to see this feature in WSL.

                      • Windows Firewall should support Pico/WSL

                        Frustratingly the Windows Firewall itself does not support WSL even in the creators update.,

                        94 votes
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                          10 comments  ·  WSL/Bash  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Add "Set to default" to color tool

                          Since shortcut settings are opaque, it can be very annoying to keep multiple terminal programs in sync. It would be nice if we could set a console to the settings we have stored in Default with one-click / command.

                          5 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Console/Terminal  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Add possibility to Add Bash to Quick Link Menu (Win+X)

                            Please add possibility to add bash to Win+X Menu. Or if you want to be consistent with current approach Add option under Settings -> Personalization -> Taskbar -> "Replace Command Prompt with Bash on <distro> on Windows in the menu when I right-click the start button or press Windows key+X"

                            2 votes
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                            • Support Bash on Ubuntu / WSL on Windows 8.1

                              In large enterprise environments, Windows 8.1 is still in wide use & we have no control on upgrading OS. Would like to have the productivity gains of having Ubuntu WSL on Windows 8.1.

                              3 votes
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                              • Support tools like fdisk and dd to directly accss physical and virtual drives

                                Please add support tools like fdisk and dd to directly accss physical and virtual drives. Right now, running `fdisk -l` outputs "cannot open /proc/partitions" and doing something like `dd if=G: of=disk.img` outputs "dd: failed to open ‘G:’: No such file or directory". I do not see anything in /dev/ that seems to indicate anything is mapped to drives in Windows.

                                49 votes
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                                • Add USB /dev/ttyACM support

                                  I need /dev/ttyACM support to connect gdb to a black magic probe debugger to program embedded ARM microcontrollers.

                                  33 votes
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                                    • Create simple configuration files like bash_profile and bashrc, but for CMD

                                      Powershell is a pain to use for non .NET developers, and having to play around with configuration via menus is very tedious.

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                                      • Can we hot swap the dos withe bash on windows?

                                        replace the dos with the Linux Kernel

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                                        • It works Ok in most situation. However, the interface is mostly out of date. I needs more customization

                                          It needs more customization. You can looks at iterm2 for the ideas

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