Hello. I’m a long time Linux (Arch, btw) user. About 5 years ago, I bought a laptop with a HiDPI display. It was a nightmare to get the OS and apps to look decent.
At 1x everything was tiny and at 2x everything was super jumbo huge. Fractional scaling was kind of ok, but I noticed some proportions just didn’t scale up nicely. In addition, I noticed some older apps just didn’t respect the scaling (or partially respected the scaling). Other apps scaled up to the right size, but icons or fonts were fuzzy.
Since then I’ve avoided HiDPI displays on Linux and I’ve been super happy. I’ve been able to focus on actual work, instead of debugging display issues. I don’t care about extra pixels and I’d rather my computer just work.
Now I find myself looking at Framework, with a HiDPI display . So my question is, what’s the state of HiDPI displays in Linux in general? For example, Gnome? Is it as seamless as a Macbook or does the display still get in the way? What about on the Framework?
Ideally, I’m curious if any Linux veterans (someone who uses Linux full-time for more than 1 year), use a HiDPI display. I think at the beginning new Linux users might find debugging display issues cool and fun, but in the long term I couldn’t be bothered to deal with that.
This is the conversation that spooked me.