Real Linux Desktop Experience with X410 and WSL?

Last Updated on January 1, 2021


X410 offers an excellent solution for anyone who’s unable to install Linux natively on a machine (for whatever reason) and wants to run Linux GUI apps without having to mess around with virtual machines. X410 lets you take advantage of the benefits of WSL, and seamlessly integrates with Windows. You’ll need to be running Windows 10; there’s no support for older versions of Windows.

Spending $49.99 or around £40 on an X server isn’t a trivial amount of money. But if you want to make the most of Linux on Windows, X410 definitely warrants investigation. There’s currently 80% off the price. There’s a 15 day free trial available offering full functionality. This should be sufficient for you to assess whether the software meets your specific requirements without any financial outlay.

The software is automatically updated via Microsoft Store. It’s digitally signed and certified by Microsoft.

Note, X410 doesn’t only work with WSL. For example, you can run X410 and connect to your server via SSH with X11 forwarding. X410 can also be seamlessly used with Docker for Windows.

The developers of X410 are also working on making use of Hyper-V sockets for redirecting X11 from a Hyper-V VM to X410 without using its TCP/IP stack to offer an even better solution. We’re looking forward to the fruits of that development.

Website: x410.dev
Price: Typically $49.99 / £41.74. At the time of publication, the software is on offer with an 80% reduction.
Developer: Choung Networks
License: Proprietary

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction
Page 2 – Installation and Configuration
Page 3 – In Operation
Page 4 – Other Features
Page 5 – Summary

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4 years ago

but why would you pay for an operating system to be able to use a free one within… there is no point…. now the other way around LSW would actually make sense. Solid stable OS running the red headed stepchild of OS’s out there Windows.

4 years ago
Reply to  Evil3eaver

There’s lots of point. For example, my work provides me with a Windows laptop. I didn’t pay for the Windows license. Running an X server lets me use my fav Linux apps on the Windows machine.

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4 years ago
Reply to  JamesC

Exactly James, there must be billions with Windows machines, don’t want or can dual boot, don’t want to wipe Windows or use virtualization software, yet still want to try something different (and better).