Linux desktop and high resolution laptops

Peter Laursen jazcyk at
Thu Jan 8 22:14:21 UTC 2015

OK ..thanks for the reply! It is true that I like the simplicity of xfce
and lxde. And they work fine with hardware I have had hands on till now.

..and the 'bonus question' Any desktop supports two-finger gestures on
touchpad (scroll and zoom in particular)?

-- Peter

On Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 10:58 PM, Josh Boyer <jwboyer at>

> On Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 4:47 PM, Peter Laursen <jazcyk at> wrote:
> > I am in the process of buying a laptop for travel. it should be 13"-14".
> > relatively small and lightweight - and still with *power*.
> >
> > I came across:
> > They have
> the
> > option to purchase with no OS installed (hooray!) and you can choose
> between
> > different CPUs, RAM configs and disk systems. It is also not very
> expensive
> > specs taken into consideration, really.
> >
> > But monitor is 3200x1800 pixels on a 13" monitor. And that is the
> problem.
> > This machine is designed for Win8, where the 'tiled interface' is
> DPI-aware
> > and will scale automatically.  I plan to install a dual-boot of Win7 and
> > Linux (SuSE or Fedora), and they will both be completely hopeless to use
> on
> > this system as everything (icons, controls) will be extremely small in
> > almost every interface and application.
> You said in a different email that you use XFCE.  That might be your
> problem.  I have two laptops with high resolution monitors and GNOME 3
> scales things very well.  F21 even more than F20, which was already
> quite usable.
> > I dont think Linux Desktop people takes this seriously enough (or they do
> > not communicate it).  It will IMO take ~12 months and most laptops sold
> will
> HiDPI support has been touted as a feature in Fedora for the past two
> releases.  For F21 it's explicitly listed as one for Workstation:
> > Are there any efforts anywhere in the Linux world considering support for
> > high monitor resolutions (auto-scaling based on DPI) like Mac/Retina and
> > Win8 has? What Linux desktops/window managers have it in progress?  Does
> > anybody know?
> GNOME and I believe KDE both are working on this continually.  Both
> are already very usable.  I have no idea what XFCE is doing, nor any
> of the other desktop environments.
> > What say? Was it too provocative?
> Maybe just misinformed.  Try GNOME or KDE?
> josh
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Hilsen / Regards

Peter Laursen
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