Linux desktop and high resolution laptops

Peter Laursen jazcyk at
Sat Jan 10 21:12:05 UTC 2015

"If GNOME enters HiDPI mode with 1440 vertical pixels  "

Could you please explain* "If"*? The question is:* does* it *use such
simple logic*?* Do you know about it? That would be ridiculous IMO. If not,
it would be nice if someone could elaborate the logic/algorithm Gnome uses.

It should at least depend on DPI, and there should further be a
'scaling'/zoom' (at least globally but preferably also per_application)
user setting. A good quality monitor is usable with higher DPI than a
poorer one. On an 27" monitor, for instance, 1920*1440 is actually a
somewhat low DPI. Win7 (and various Linuxes running virtualized) works fine
on my stationary here with a 27" monitor (this one: with
2560*1440 resolution. I bought this monitor in order to work in 3-4
application (all reasonable sized) simultaneously. I will not accept that
some stupid Window Manager *thinks that I am better off* with 1280*720 or
whtever similar. I really don't hope this is the case.

There are also personal preferences. Some people like it big and some
people like it small.

-- Peter

On Sat, Jan 10, 2015 at 8:30 PM, Florian Weimer <fweimer at> wrote:

> On 01/10/2015 12:34 AM, Kevin Fenzi wrote:
>> 14" model with HDMI (1920*1440) and not higher - also because I
>  As noted earlier in this thread you can adjust the dpi in Xfce, so it's
>> slightly better than just making the fonts bigger, but it's less than
>> a real HIDPI solution.
> If GNOME enters HiDPI mode with 1440 vertical pixels, you end up with 720
> effective pixels vertically, which is not enough for some GNOME dialog
> boxes.
> At this point, manually tweaked settings appear superior to stock
> configurations (even for basic usability).
> --
> Florian Weimer / Red Hat Product Security
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Hilsen / Regards

Peter Laursen
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