The HP Z series will include WSL 2 by default to add Linux to Windows

The HP Z series are one of the most complete lines of professional workstations. It has a number of desktop and laptop models to meet the performance needs of professionals and creatives, as well as additional technologies to meet the most demanding workflows.

HP now announces an interesting addition to its arsenal. A selection of HP Z Series Workstations will have WSL 2 (the Linux subsystem for Windows) pre-installed and pre-enabled, «so users can maximize productivity quickly and easily right out of the box«, They explain.

With this, these workstations will have additional capabilities What:

  • Take advantage of the performance of Z by HP and the potential of the NVIDIA GPU to complete complex Ubuntu workflows such as artificial intelligence training and machine learning directly on a Windows machine.
  • Access Windows productivity tools while simultaneously using Ubuntu’s GPU-enabled development workflows.
  • Customize the Ubuntu experience to maximize developer productivity on Windows.

This tool is very interesting for developers or other professionals who need to run Linux applications, but without exiting Windows, thanks to the second version of this subsystem that initially arrived with limited functions (little more than Bash) and with poor performance, but that Microsoft has been improving it with each Windows 10 update.

The latest version significantly increased performance, added a full Linux kernel, support for DirectX 12 and graphical applications and facilities for their installation. It also added a greater number of supported distributions such as Fedora and SuSE, beyond Ubuntu, which came first after a Microsoft agreement with Canonical and definitely in Windows 11 it has improved its installation possibilities.

WSL 2 is a convenient add-on for those who use Windows and Linux systems since it is an integrated and easy-to-use native Linux environment, which adds to the capabilities of HP professional work machines.

In this regard, HP has announced another novelty in partnership with NVIDIA: combining the power of its workstations with Teradici CAS and NVIDIA Omniverse Enterprise. It is an innovative platform that enables remote co-creation, simultaneous real-time collaboration, and realistic simulation for design teams. This combination promises to transform 3D workflows, while removing location as a barrier to a true 3D collaboration.

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