View Poll Results: Do you think a lower DPI setting looks better for Ubuntu?

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  • Yes, I have a small screen (< 12")

    0 0%
  • No, I have a small screen (< 12")

    1 4.55%
  • Yes, I have a medium screen (12" - 19")

    10 45.45%
  • No, I have a medium screen (12" - 19")

    5 22.73%
  • Yes, I have a large screen (1080 resolution or greater; > 19")

    2 9.09%
  • No, I have a large screen (1080 resolution or greater; > 19")

    4 18.18%
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Thread: Smaller font (lower DPI) = Better looking desktop

  1. #1
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    Smaller font (lower DPI) = Better looking desktop

    WHEN YOU VOTE, vote using your most frequent screen size. Feel free to talk about multiple monitors below.

    Try this easy, reversible experiment before voting:

    1) Go to System > Preferences > Appearance > Fonts > Details...

    2) Take note of the default DPI setting (I believe it is 96), then type in 85 and hit <Enter>.

    Judge how the desktop and applications have improved or degraded in visual appeal. On my 15" laptop, it makes a WORLD of difference in how attractive the system looks and feels. I haven't yet tried it on my 22" monitor, but I surely will as soon as I get home.
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    Re: Smaller font (lower DPI) = Better looking desktop

    I can't tell whether it looks better or not. The fonts don't look as good, but they crowd the menus less. I really wish gnome menu icons were smaller.

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    Re: Smaller font (lower DPI) = Better looking desktop

    DPI shouldn't be the same for every computer even though its the same nowadays. I'm going to go ahead and blame this one on windows since its always defaulted to 96 DPI. Xorg at one point defaulted to your correct DPI (If it could figure it out.) The problem with it was poorly coded software and websites where unreadable or looked horrible because of this. Software usually only had an issue when the DPI horizontal and vertical values weren't the same.

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    Re: Smaller font (lower DPI) = Better looking desktop

    No, I have a medium screen (12" - 19")

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    Also, since I use the mini.iso, and not the default ubuntu installation, most instructions to follow menu breadcrumbs are useless for me.

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    Re: Smaller font (lower DPI) = Better looking desktop

    No, I have a 1920x1080(22") monitor, the default font size is next to imposable to reed, its much too small. I don't care for ascetics anyway, as it only waste screen space.
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    Re: Smaller font (lower DPI) = Better looking desktop

    The difference is almost imperceptible. - 15.4" laptop screen

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