I'm currently running ElementaryOS, whose default desktop shell is a bit lacking in features; however, it renders properly on a HiDPI Retina display, which is a nice feature.

I'm looking to switch over to something a bit more customizable, but HiDPI support is a must for me; which desktop environments currently support HiDPI displays natively (or with a very small amount of tweaking)? Which ones have HiDPI support in the pipeline and close to release?

  • gnome does support that – John Keates Nov 2 '16 at 3:15

Most of the popular linux desktop environments have HiDPI support. Gnome, KDE, Xfce, Cinnamon all four most popular linux desktop have the HiDPI support.

Cinnamon currently have the best support of HiDPI displays. It automatically recognizes a HiDPI display

Setting up HiDPI support in gnome needs some works at terminal (No automatic detection till now). But customizability wise gnome is best. As gnome tweak tools gives a lot of customizability and it is also easier to customize.

  • Thanks! Could you describe (or post a link) to a resource which shows you how to customize GNOME so that it works with HiDPI? – Jules Nov 2 '16 at 14:13
  • In gnome desktop from the terminal you need to change the interface scaling factor to 2 (from default 1). You can do it graphically to using gnome tweak tools too. Here is a link : askubuntu.com/questions/668749/… – trishnendu Nov 2 '16 at 14:24

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