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The first development release of what will become GNOME 3.26 has released today for Shell and Mutter.

For Mutter, the window manager for GNOME, this development release changes: fixed HiDPI detection on vertical monitors, fixes a lock-up when using additional theme variants and they also did a rework of low-level monitor configuration and more.

As for Shell, the desktop itself, this release changes: It will now close the Wifi selection dialog on lock, it will no longer lock the screen if that's disabled by lockdown settings and more see here.

The stable GNOME 2.26 release is scheduled for September 13th this year, with a development release once a month until then. See the release schedule here.
Creak commented on 28 April 2017 at 3:58 am UTC

I wonder if they're working on a way to have floating point numbers instead of integer for HiDPI scale.

I have a 4K 27" and with the integer HiDPI scale I get either a too big or too small interface. My workaround is to lower the resolution, but I'm a bit frustrated that I can't use the "4K" part of my display (and it would have been cheaper if I knew).

And also I tried to install Fedora on a MacBook Pro 13" and the HiDPI is also a problem. You can work around the problem by displaying a big interface but lower the font sizes (or the opposite), but as every workaround, it's not perfect.

I've heard an argument that using floating point number is a problem because windows won't have their layout perfectly aligned with the pixels. But how does Apple do? I'm sure they didn't need rocket scientists to come with a solution for that.

HiDPI is starting to be everywhere now, it's on our phones for quite some time now, some laptops have it, we're starting to have it for our gaming rig and even TVs have it with their 8K+ resolution. So it's quickly becoming a thing and Linux still doesn't know how to deal with it gracefully.

I'd really like to have some documentation about the inherent problem with this technology, why Linux is struggling to find a solution for that.


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