I've got Ubuntu 16.04 running in Windows 10 16251.0 as a Linux subsystem, and I've got Xming-mesa installed.

I launch Xming using Xming :0 -multiwindow -clipboard

Then in my Ubuntu bash shell I type export DISPLAY=:0 and I can launch graphical applications in Xming.

However, I do not get accelerated graphics, so when I launch an editor (e.g. sudo spyder3), I have to deal with the jerky scrolling and such that you get without acceleration.

How do I fix this? I'm sure my video card (AMD RX480 latest drivers) supports OpenGL, but for some reason I'm not activating it correctly.


Run export LIBGL_ALWAYS_INDIRECT=1 in WSL to force rendering to happen on the Windows side of things.

  • export LIBGL_ALWAYS_INDIRECT=1 export DISPLAY=:0 sudo spyder3 No change :(
    – geofurb
    Aug 8 '17 at 20:04
  • @geofurb What if you try it with glxgears?
    – Aido
    Aug 8 '17 at 20:06
  • How would I do that?
    – geofurb
    Aug 8 '17 at 20:06
  • glxgears isn't realted to spyder3, I want you to see if LIBGL_ALWAYS_INDIRECT impacts glxgears.
    – Aido
    Aug 8 '17 at 20:07
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    When I use this with -wgl it makes glxgears far slower. The only smooth animation is no -wgl and no LIBGL_ALWAYS_INDIRECT.
    – user541686
    Apr 18 '19 at 23:42

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