On Kubuntu 17.04 with
nouveau, I'm trying to obtain a dual monitor setup with a 4K as main one and a Full HD (actually 1920x1200 but makes no difference) on the right.
I'm using double KDE system scale (as described in https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/HiDPI#Using_KDE_system_settings) along with
xrandr scaling (as described in https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/HiDPI#Side_display). More specifically:
xrandr \ --output eDP-1 --mode 3840x2160 --pos 0x0 --auto \ --output DP-2 --mode 1920x1200 --pos 3840x0 --auto \ --panning 3840x2400+3840+0 --scale 2.0x2.0 \ --fb 7680x2400
The problem is that
DP-2 has slight blur, especially on the fonts, due to downsampling from 3840x2400 to 1920x1200. This is noted at the end of https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/HiDPI#Side_display, with the suggested solution being the sharpness setting on the monitor. Tried it, doesn't work.
The filter being used when scaling is bilinear: https://cgit.freedesktop.org/xorg/app/xrandr/tree/xrandr.c?id=5d5db88d106a49d7560a8042fa054df8b609f00a#n2993. Nearest neighbor is also supported with
"nearest" but looks abysmal even though it is exactly 2x2 downsampling, which I don't understand. I went ahead and built this with
"lanczos" instead of
"bilinear". Apparently, this is not supported:
X Error of failed request: BadName (named color or font does not exist) Major opcode of failed request: 140 (RANDR) Minor opcode of failed request: 26 (RRSetCrtcTransform) Serial number of failed request: 36 Current serial number in output stream: 37
Is there a way to support lanczos (or a better filter)? I don't mind filtering done in software.
Right now, I have double KDE scaling and
xrandr scaling disabled with 1920x1080 native resolution on my main display as a workaround. The secondary display is super sharp, including the fonts, as expected. However, from normal viewing distance, the main display looks even worse than the scaled secondary, which is also weird as half resolution is still Full HD, which looks amazingly sharp on other displays that are not 4K.
So the real question is, there any way of getting sharp images on both displays?
Edit: Forgot to mention the important fact that I'm on an Nvidia PRIME system with GeForce 940MX and Intel HD Graphics 620. On nvidia-384 the results are the same when using Intel, i.e the same blurs. When using GeForce,
--scale 2x2 option has no effect and
--panning option generates a
Failed Request error similar to the above.