Ubuntu's Unity Desktop Can Now Run Natively On Windows

Written by Michael Larabel in Microsoft on 10 July 2016 at 07:46 AM EDT. 79 Comments
It's possible to run the Unity desktop with Compiz window manager atop Windows 10.

Ubuntu developer Adolfo Jayme Barrientos pointed out a ticket showing it's possible to get Unity up and running on Windows 10.

Unity on Windows 10 is leveraging Microsoft's new Windows Subsystem For Linux (WSL), a.k.a. Bash on Windows. In case you missed my earlier tests of that, see The Performance Of Ubuntu Software Running On Windows 10 With The New Linux Subsystem.

Getting Unity up and running on Windows 10 with WSL does also require VcXsrv for an X Server on Windows plus some Compiz configuration tweaks are also needed.
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