Linux desktop and high resolution laptops

Peter Laursen jazcyk at
Sun Jan 11 12:22:51 UTC 2015

Please see attached image.  I think many people here may not know Win8 very

This is the user control on a small 11" Win8 notebok (actually a tablet
with an optional keyboard with built-in touchpad), that I use for GPS
primarily. The physical resolution of the screen is 1920 horizontally. The
traditional desktop interface scales as default to 1280. Usable, but
everything is a little small though.

However you can actually increase (but not decrease) to 125, 150, 200, 300,
400 and 500% of default sizes as the image shows. This setting has effect
for the traditional desktop as such and all applications opening on it.
Additionally applications (including the desktop itself) can be scaled
individually with 'gesture' if they are built with the option (what few
applications for traditional desktop are. Also not Notepad as I wrote
before. But Explorer/Windows file manager is for instance).

This provides reasonable control, but Win8's interface is confusing
(settings are hidden behind a number of dialogs as often in Windows) and
complexity of the workings of multiple settings doing partially the same is
difficult to understand. And it also seems to have changed since I had this
machine 10 months ago (maybe when upgrading from Win8 to 8.1). I remember
it being otherwise and simpler, actually (I don't tweek it every week).
Some details may change again with Win10.  It may also matter for some
details here that Win8 idetifies this machine as a 'tablet' - probably
because all that is not basic tablet hardware is attached with USB (not
using a standard USB jack - but 'device manager' reports them as attached
with USB, so they are!).

-- Peter

On Sun, Jan 11, 2015 at 12:01 PM, Chris Murphy <lists at>

> This problem reminds me of this:
> A 12pt font should look useful everywhere
> --
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Hilsen / Regards

Peter Laursen
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