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    Retina display and xubuntu

    Hey,

    I just got a new mac book pro with a retina display and installed xubuntu. Everything works fine, but the extreme high resolution of the retina display makes text unreadable. So I can change the resolution, but ... well, what do I have the retina display for? Its nice to have such an high resolution.

    I can change the size of many things in the options, for example the font size. That works, but many things get out of proportion. And for example in the webbrowser the font is still very small (fixable by Ctrl-+, but I have to redo that for every site I open).

    So what is your advice to configure xubuntu for a retina display?

    Thanks!
    Nathan

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    Re: Retina display and xubuntu

    Moved to Apple Users where you may get more attention.

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    Re: Retina display and xubuntu

    I know nothing about the mac versions of ubuntu but it may be worth increasing the the default DPI setting of 96 in the Settings-manager ->Appearance ->Fonts tab. Just play around with the figure until you end up with some readable text. This only affects the desktop fonts and does not do anything for the fonts in applications like Libreoffice etc etc, but presumably that is still OK and readable.
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    Re: Retina display and xubuntu

    really sure of a good solution but this should help some:
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir...ddon/nosquint/
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    Re: Retina display and xubuntu

    Hey,
    Thanks for the replys. I already increased the dpi in the front section, it helps with many things, but not all.
    The firefox plugin link isi not helping, since I am using chromium, but thanks!
    Things I notice that are not right:
    * Hight of the titlebar, even when I increase it fonts. This includes the size of the close button e.t.c.
    * Some websites in chromioum (not all of them, interestingly)
    * Size of the chromium tabs
    * Some gtk windows are messed up. For example the synapse preference window has a list shortcuts list-view, that is so small (because of the increased font around it), that one can see nothing in it.
    I am thinking of switching to a different WM, anyome better expereince with another WM?

    Nathan

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    Re: Retina display and xubuntu

    In Unity I just had to come down in resolution. Ubuntu really isn't ready for these retina displays, either is windows....

    1920 x 1200 (16:10) works well for me. It's not as crisp but certainly livable....

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