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Re: Reverting to GNOME for jessie's default desktop

On 12 August 2014 23:25, Michael Biebl <biebl@debian.org> wrote:

Scaling fonts alone is not sufficient if you want to properly support
HiDPI displays. You really want all UI elements to be scaling up,
otherwise icons etc get tiny and very hard to hit.

XFCE does not deal with that problem at all.

Why is it that all of the instruments seeking intelligent life in the
universe are pointed away from Earth?

For cairo I think you might be able to elaborate on this, in terms of gnome/gtk3 HiDPI support in debian currently. If this is true are you planning to cherry pick any git commits for it or waiting for cairo to release upstream. (please forgive if this is not true, it seems relevant to what is being asked)

"Note: gtk3 3.10 and 3.12 require HiDPI support in cairo, but the current release (cairo 1.12.16-2) does not yet have this support. In order to enable full HiDPI support for Gtk3 programs, you will have to build cairo-git and then rebuild gtk3 off of these newer cairo libraries."
"To enable HiDPI, set your interface factor scaling using gsettings:
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface scaling-factor 2"

The rest of the page goes on to describe the current status for other DE's too and seems quite informative, it also includes information on iceweasel and chromium.

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