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does MX have a problem re scaling of display?

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Seeker
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does MX have a problem re scaling of display?

#1 Post by Seeker »

I have read that Linux falls beneath Windows in ability to scale the display easily. So I am concerned whether in buying a refurbished Thinkpad (especially one with 12.5" display) I should avoid 1080p display.

MXRobo
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Re: does MX have a problem re scaling of display?

#2 Post by MXRobo »

My opinion, I wouldn't necessarily avoid it, but 720s just seem to be a 'fit' for linux in its current state. I have both, the 1080s aren't bad, but it's not as of a natural 'fit' as my 720. You can adjust a lot of items, Window Managers, Appearance, Scaling (usually doesn't work for me), fonts, applications themselves, zoom, etc. - again not quite as good as 720 IMHO. 1080s aren't bad, but bad is relative and subjective. Will 1080 improve in linux? If you're considering several laptops, personally, I might go with the one with better specs - but I can NOT comment on the 12.5" display.

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Re: does MX have a problem re scaling of display?

#3 Post by SwampRabbit »

1080p is perfectly fine on Linux and especially on MX Linux, there should be no scaling issues with that system at all.
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Re: does MX have a problem re scaling of display?

#4 Post by chrispop99 »

Current KDE versions handle scaling really well, although not automatically.

Xfce versions have an MX Tool that uses two different scaling methods; they have worked well for me.

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Re: does MX have a problem re scaling of display?

#5 Post by Seeker »

tnx all. I understand it is better to use the xrandr tool in mx tweaks. how to use it? i didn't notice a 19xx x 1080 selection in the dropdown menu of resolutions that is above the xrandr option. btw I find the display gives me great resolution both on the 1366 x 768 12.5 screen of my thinkpad x220 and on my not-too-old Dell 19" monitor. I am concerned about being able to use a hdpi (did I get that right?) monitor and a 1080p monitor on a 12.5" or 14" laptop screen.

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