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Just bought a Chromebook Pixel. Love the hardware - Chromebooks in general are a great way to get a Linux laptop with guaranteed driver support.

But why is it still so hard to get decent HiDPI support in Linux (or for that matter Windows) desktop environments?

I realise Apple had an advantage in using vector-based Display Postscript, but massively divergent screen sizes and resolutions have been around for YEARS now, so why is it still such a faff?

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    Windows HiDPI is actually on the verge of being acceptable now. Linux is such a messy thing in some respects though, supporting 12 different ways for a piece of software to show an interface on screen.
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    Legacy software on Windows (or current niche software) can be awful on Windows. Professors in our department try to run Maple, the taskbar icons are tiny, the text is huge, and all the layout just breaks.
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