Small screen adaptability

Paul Sutton zleap at
Fri Mar 6 12:36:09 UTC 2015

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On 06/03/15 01:54, E James wrote:
> On 05/03/2015 17:02, E James wrote:
>> On 04/03/2015 18:07, Yunus Uludağ wrote:
>>> Hi! İ am using a handheld PC(sagem spiga).İt has a 4.8 inches
>>> screen.İ would like to know lubuntu,xubuntu etc. has options
>>> for small screens for example bigger font options,a chance to
>>> make the icons bigger etc.
>>> Thank you very much.
>> I'm not familiar with that PC but I would expect the biggest
>> problem to be screen resolution. It has been my experience for
>> several years that most, it not all, versions of Linux are
>> designed for a minimum resolution of 1024x768. If the screen is
>> smaller, important parts of the window disappear off the sides
>> and bottom of the screen. There are ways to work around this but
>> it's tricky. On the other hand Ubuntu Phone is now in the picture
>> so there must be someone working at designing for small screens.
>> I believe it's part of the current Canonical strategy.
> Abject apologies. I remembered about netbooks after I posted.
> Adapting Linux to the smaller screen was essential to the success
> of the netbook such as my own EeePC 901 sitting about 2 feet away
> as I write.

Applications also need to be resize able quite a few don't fit on the
screen and the Ok button is usually off the bottom of the screen,
either leaving users with guesswork as to if they have tabbed to it,
or the application goes unused.

Maybe application designers can factor this in and set the window so
it can be resized and all the options / buttons still visible.

I think wpagui is an exanple of this, the screen to add new network is
quite long,  is there any reason why this can't be longer (width)
rather than long (height)


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