Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th May 2013 13:38 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems News of the year in the technology industry. "The Fit's most important spec its display, with a nod to Sony's TV division: they come with 1600x900 or 1920x1080 touchscreens and nothing else. 'We're not going to offer 1366x768," reps said. 'We've killed that.'" This is Sony's new, simplified entry-level notebook line. Very, very welcome news in a world where even a supposedly "Pro" laptop that costs $1199 ships with... A 1280x800 resolution. This bottom-of-the-barrel crap needs to be eradicated, and good on Sony for taking this step.
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RE[2]: Sad news to me.
by brion on Tue 7th May 2013 15:36 UTC in reply to "RE: Sad news to me."
brion
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2010-11-04

Running an LCD panel at a lower-than-standard resolution tends to give a fuzzier-looking picture, especially for text.

Bumping up the font size to give the equivalent "screen space" as a lower resolution without the fuzies is possible, but tends to be inconsistent in how well apps handle it.

For example, I've got the Dell XPS 13 'Sputnik 2' (Ubuntu 12.04) with a 1080p panel; I often run it at native 1080p but with the font sizes scaled up to 150%, which gives the same screen space as a 1280x720 screen but is *much* sharper.

Unfortunately current Linux desktop environments aren't smart enough to handle different font sizes on different screens, so when attaching an external 1080p monitor I have to crank the font size back down to 100% and switch the internal panel to a lower, fuzzier resolution to get physical sizes to match to my satisfaction.

What I really want is fully scalable 'retina display' layout for Linux.... we'll see what comes through with all the Wayland changes. ;)

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RE[3]: Sad news to me.
by Carewolf on Tue 7th May 2013 17:22 in reply to "RE[2]: Sad news to me."
Carewolf Member since:
2005-09-08

Have you only tried GNOME on Linux? X11 handles different DPI for different screens just fine. Only desktops that are stupid enough to override that DPI (such as GNOME) would be unable to handle this case.

Edited 2013-05-07 17:25 UTC

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RE[4]: Sad news to me.
by brion on Tue 7th May 2013 23:29 in reply to "RE[3]: Sad news to me."
brion Member since:
2010-11-04

X11 can "handle" that by making your screens separate, with no ability to move windows between screens. This may have been impressive in the '80s, but isn't really something I'd be willing to put up with.

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