Fedora install support for netbooks -- small screen size

Fulko Hew fulko.hew at gmail.com
Wed Jan 6 16:11:23 UTC 2010

On Wed, Jan 6, 2010 at 10:24 AM, Robert Moskowitz <rgm at htt-consult.com>wrote:

> I am doing another FC12 install on my ASUS 701ee.  This is a test system,
> and I end up installing every month or so.
> Of course with the small screen size, I end up pressing <cntl-N> a lot, as
> I cannot see the Next button.  And on some screens I just miss some options,
> like getting to customize the install packages.  I am always forgetting the
> key combo to turn that check box on.
> Is there some way to either get the ability to pan the screen around or
> scroll the screen so that on Netbooks that SHOULD be a popular install
> platform for Fedora, can have workable installation?

I had a rant on the list about  an equivalent issue a few months ago.
As far as I'm concerned either developers should never assume fixed window
sizes, or
something/somewhere should auto-enable scroll bars if the requested window
can't fit on
the provided screen size.  I think this would be easier to implement than
auto-enabled vitrtual screen sizes.

I would think it would be simple for the windowing library to compare the
size of the requested window
to the size of the screen, and auto-enable scroll bars if the requested
window can't be displayed 'as-is'.

(I say its simple, because I stumbled across this in _my_ code 10 years ago,
and I added the 4 lines
of code required to accomplish it... for me.)
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