Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Aug 2008 19:24 UTC
Gnome Last week, we reviewed the Aspire One, Acer's entry into the netbook market. The small but powerful device comes preloaded with either Linux or Windows XP, and we reviewed the Linux version. Even though most people will never need to go beyond the default Linpus Linux offering on the One, more advanced users will quickly hit the wall Acer set up: it has more or less completely locked down the Xfce 4.2.2 installation on the One. This bothered me - this is a powerful machine, so I want a powerful operating system. I went for Ubuntu 8.04.1 - read on for a few thoughts on how well GNOME's user interface fares on a small-screen device such as the One.
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Gnome is wasteful of screen real estate
by siride on Thu 21st Aug 2008 21:13 UTC
siride
Member since:
2006-01-02

I find that Gnome does a good job of converting high resolution monitors into 800x600 mid-90s monstrosities. KDE 4 is moving in this direction too and I don't like it. I don't understand why we have to waste so much screen real estate with crappy widgets. And here's a case where it actually does matter. I'm glad you managed to make it work, but I'm honestly surprised, because in the past, I've had trouble making GTK stuff fit on a small screen (my first Linux experience was on 800x600 in late 2004 [old monitor] and half the dialogs wouldn't fit on the screen).

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zlynx Member since:
2005-07-20

That is how a high-DPI screen is supposed to look. If the font is set to 72pt size, the character cell should be exactly one physical inch. Not more, not less.

If you want 6pt fonts, then set the font to 6 or 4 or 2 or whatever you like.

And yes, I do go around telling old people that they are doing it wrong when they set Vista to 640x480 on their 20" monitor.

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iain.dalton Member since:
2006-02-28

I think you mean pixel, not character cell. A character cell would be the box containing the entire character.

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siride Member since:
2006-01-02

It's not the fonts...I can deal with that. It's the layout of everything else. It's just so big and you can't do anything about. I didn't get a high resolution screen so that I can look at the moral equivalent of 800x600. Other environments let you adjust font sizes and the like so that, if you so choose, you can make it look like 800x600, but Gnome basically decides for you that clearly you want to have terrible use of screen real estate and the only option is to hack the themes yourself. And that still doesn't fix the problem of apps that waste empty space.

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asgard Member since:
2008-06-07

Here is what I use on my Ubuntu laptop just right now (screen resolution is 1280x800):

1. Clearlooks Compact theme for GNOME (google it).

2. Fonts "Sans" (or "Monospace") of size of 7.5 points with "best contrast" rendering.

3. Toolbar buttons - "Icons only" setting.

The result is more compact than Windows.

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