Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 17th Apr 2006 21:17 UTC, submitted by Benedikt Meurer
Xfce The Xfce project has released the first beta in the 4.4 release cycle. "Xfce 4.4 beta1 ( is now available for download. Xfce 4.4 features new tools such as the much anticipated 'Thunar' file manager as well as several huge improvements of its core components."
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RE[3]: Thunar
by Ookaze on Tue 18th Apr 2006 14:23 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Thunar"
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You know, that's the first thing I noticed about the KDE live CD. The fonts are huge. And I bet some anonymous GNU UI expert reasons this as 'enhanced readability.'

Flamebait comments came to your mind before technical explanations. Typical.

But the words are SO big that, at 1024x768, part of most words scale my eye-perception span, and they end up actually being harder to read as my eye has to move several times over each word instead of over groups of words.
I should post that to some mailing list somewhere...

You should rather setup your font size differently, now that that your monitor DPI are correctly used.

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RE[4]: Thunar
by Tom K on Tue 18th Apr 2006 15:10 in reply to "RE[3]: Thunar"
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How does the manner in which the parent made his comments change the facts at all? A lot of GNOME/KDE distros like to use huge fonts.

I suspect it's because Linux's/X's/whatever font smoothing really sucks for small fonts, and the devs know this, and they're just covering it up by using big fonts.

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RE[5]: Thunar
by negativity on Tue 18th Apr 2006 15:52 in reply to "RE[4]: Thunar"
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Fonts size:

I believe it's a change of perspective. When Windows was created, you would see definitions of 640x480, 800x600.

Nowadays, you will find definitions of 1600x1400 or more. Really, some guys use huge definitions.

If Linux sets the font sizes to the sizes of the fonts of Windows, it will be for backward compatibility with what was standard years or decades ago.

Also, Linux snobs in this regard, due to the support of layout managers in the GUIs of Linux. So one can increase/decrease the font size as much as ones likes it.

I generally dislike the fonts on Windows and KDE.

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