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Ask Slashdot: Good Linux Desktop Environment For Hi-Def/Retina Displays? 234

Posted by Soulskill
from the time-to-start-thinking-about-this-again dept.
Volanin writes "I have been using Linux for the last 15 years both at home and at work (mostly GNOME and now Unity). Recently, I gave in to temptation and bought myself a Macbook retina 15". As you can read around, Linux still has no good support for this hardware, so I am running it inside a virtual machine. Running in scaled 1440x900 makes the Linux fonts look absolutely terrible, and running in true 2880x1800 makes them beautiful, but every UI element becomes so tiny, it's unworkable. Is there a desktop environment that handles resolution independence better? Linux has had support for SVG for a long time, but GNOME/Unity seems adamant in defining small icon sizes and UI elements without the possibility to resize them."
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Ask Slashdot: Good Linux Desktop Environment For Hi-Def/Retina Displays?

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  • Re:KDE (Score:5, Funny)

    by gstoddart (321705) on Friday November 30, 2012 @04:55PM (#42147237) Homepage

    Bolour with a K? Silly bunt.

  • Tiling WM (Score:5, Funny)

    by elusive_one (2525924) on Friday November 30, 2012 @05:00PM (#42147301)
    Use a tiling window manage and just get rid of all those annoying UI elements. Serious suggestion.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday November 30, 2012 @05:25PM (#42147671)

    "I have been using Linux for the last 15 years both at home and at work (mostly GNOME and now Unity).

    I have a PC that I installed something called Linux on and I sort of look at it once in a while, 'cause, you know, Linux.

    Recently, I gave in to temptation and bought myself a Macbook retina 15".

    I work for Apple and We at the fruit factory thought you should know about this 'problem' with Linux

    As you can read around,

    If you Google 'Retina display' and 'Linux' like I did,

    Linux still has no good support for this hardware

    Linux wasn't written by St. Jobs the First

    so I am running it inside a virtual machine. Running in scaled 1440x900 makes the Linux fonts look absolutely terrible, and running in true 2880x1800 makes them beautiful, but every UI element becomes so tiny, it's unworkable.

    Although I can use Google for some searches, I apparently can't be bothered to look for actual solutions, and that's not the point of my post anyway. The point is that APPLE IS THE BESTEST COMPANY EVERS!!!!!!!

    Is there a desktop environment that handles resolution independence better? Linux has had support for SVG for a long time, but GNOME/Unity seems adamant in defining small icon sizes and UI elements without the possibility to resize them."

    I guess I'd better ask a question so here's some stuff I came up with in my Google search, minus the obviouse KDE solution I stumbled across in the third response.

  • by scourfish (573542) <(moc.oohay) (ta) (hsifruocs)> on Friday November 30, 2012 @06:42PM (#42149009)
    A high def screen with 12 instances of xterm, all visible at once without having to switch context is the pinnacle of the Linux graphical user experience.

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