I'm considering buying a laptop with a hidpi screen, but am unsure how good things will look. I'd like to run XFCE or gnome flashback on it, but would like a way to test things before spending $2k. Is there a way (perhaps with a VM or something) I can test on non hidpi hardware to know if things will scale properly on the real thing?


You can specify the virtual screen size in /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Section "Screen"
        Identifier      "Default Screen"
        Monitor         "Configured Monitor"
        Device          "Configured Video Device"
        SubSection "Display"
                Virtual 3600 1200
  • I have yet to find a truly aesthetically pleasing setup with my HiDPI (3200 x 1800) display with anything except plasma, which pretty much worked out of the box. with Gnome I found there were a lot of things to balance and these are still being worked on. – bu5hman Nov 29 '17 at 13:08

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