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My WSL2 Ubuntu 20.04 Environment

My local Ubuntu 20.04 WSL2 setup.

Enable and Install WSL2

From Windows, as admin:

dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:Microsoft-Windows-Subsystem-Linux /all /norestart
dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:VirtualMachinePlatform /all /norestart

Install the latest WSL2 kernel.

Restart, then:

wsl --set-default-version 2

Set up X410 Settings

  • Install X410 from Windows Store
  • Launch X410
  • Right click tray menu, click "Allow Public Access", then allow through Windows Firewall

Set up Ubuntu 20.04

Initial setup inside Ubuntu Bash:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

# Installing common deps
sudo apt-get install git gpg vim tasksel

# Set up desktop environment
sudo tasksel

# Select "Ubuntu minimal desktop" in tasksel.

# Install the Dotnet Core framework repository
wget -O packages-microsoft-prod.deb
sudo dpkg -i packages-microsoft-prod.deb

# Install Genie (for creating a pseudo-systemd-compatible environment to run in)
curl -s | sudo bash

sudo apt install -y systemd-genie
  • Create file in user root (below).
  • chmod a+x


  • Create a file launch-desktop.bat somewhere on the host OS (perhaps Desktop); contents listed below.
  • Run the batch script to start up.

Shutting Down

Shut down the WSL2 instance by running:

wsl -t Ubuntu-20.04
export DISPLAY=$(cat /etc/resolv.conf | grep nameserver | awk '{print $2}'):0.0;
export XDG_SESSION_TYPE="x11"
export XDG_RUNTIME_DIR=~/xdg
export XDG_SESSION_CLASS="user"
export DESKTOP_SESSION=ubuntu
export GDMSESSION=ubuntu
start /B x410.exe /desktop
ubuntu2004.exe run "genie -c ~/"
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avoidik commented Mar 29, 2021

two more actions will be needed to be able to start the genie process on ubuntu 20.04

sudo systemctl mask multipathd.socket
sudo systemctl mask systemd-remount-fs.service

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HuStmpHrrr commented May 23, 2021

I am not sure whether the comment above still applies, as arkane-systems/genie#122 is closed.

and I confirm as of today the previous two steps are still necessary.

the procedure of installing genie has changed and the one shown here no longer works:

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brccabral commented Aug 7, 2021

I had to mask these too

sudo systemctl mask multipathd.service
sudo systemctl mask systemd-modules-load.service

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