Desktop size hard to read


I have used Opensuse for years and I love it. After using Ubuntu however, there is one thing that I like better in Ubuntu. The screen fonts are clearer and the icons are larger. My screen resolution is 1680x1050. It is the same resolution in Ubuntu, but everything is larger and clearer. How could I do this in Opensuse/Gnome?



Best for you to do is provide more information about your machine like graphic card. Provide a screenshot of your ubuntu and opensuse to see the difference. Maybe include the fonts you are using and the settings. I also noticed that the title of your post is about the desktop size so maybe make it clearer if possible. is it the desktop resolution or a font problem, this way some of the gurus here (not me) might be able to help you out with your problem immediately.

On a side note I am using the same resolution on a 22" monitor using an intel onboard video card and looks perfect to me when I compare it to xp and vista.

This is your first post. Welcome to the forum.

Maybe your dpi is different? Check with;

xdpyinfo |grep resol

The in Control Center -> Appearance on the Fonts tab, hit the details
button. You may also wish to select the Subpixel smoothing on the way.

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I should have mentioned, the panels in both os’s have all the same characteristics:

96 dpi
Same fonts and size
subpixel smoothing slight

It is the Icon sizes that are so much smaller in Suse that I can’t figure out. The desk Icons are about 1/2 the size in Suse.


Strange, what was the dpi output. I run the same resolution, but use

Cheers Malcolm °¿° (Linux Counter #276890)
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The desktop icon can be adjusted without stretching it through nautilus.
Open nautilus-edit-preferences-view. Change the icon view defaults.

After years with Ubuntu I have just loaded Open-Suse 11.1 and impressive as it is the screen was difficult to read until I managed to reduce the resolution from 1280x1024 to 1024x960 and up the refresh rate to 75 Hz in Display-Sytem settings. lol! Even better, I changed the font to Lucida and increased the contrast. Unfortunately, when I reboot it all goes back to flickering tiny :(. How can I make the new settings stick?
Rgrds MalJaros

Stick with! Sorry can’t resist the temptation. Welcome to the forum and if you wishes to come back after your first post. have a lot of fun.:wink:

Sorry for the double post.elapsed time for editing is the reason. This is the continuation of my previous post.
Have you tried yast2 hardware monitor and graphic card. What’s your graphic card?

Whoa boy! I sure don’t want to start some testosterone fueled war on my first contact with the Suse community. Both of these two great distro’s are a welcome relief from the Redmond stranglehold. But chauvinism aside, is there some way to disable the auto-config feature or whatever it is that changes my display settings when I reboot? I can’t see this as a hardware issue but for the record there is no video card, just the on-board chipset of my five-year old HP-box.
What seems to be happening is that at boot-time Suse probes my (even older) Tungsten Graphics monitor and sets the resolution at max available which is too high and constrains the refresh rate to 65 Hz which is too low. Is there some config file that I can edit that would stop this from happening? And why use Yast2 instead of the Display Settings feature on the KDE menu? Some help on these cultural adjustments would be appreciated.

Sorry for the inconvenience. Really I don’t mean no harm. I apologize.
I would prefer yast2 to handle this. I think it takes to be root to make the resolution stick. Try the options in yast2-hardware-graphic card and monitor.
Find the options that suits your card and monitor. When you got it working then start configuring your fonts dpi. If you have some problems with the configurations do post back, chances are an expert might notice your thread and chime-in with an excellent advice.

Thanks conram. You pointed the way and I have a handle on this YAST2 thing now. To answer your question about why move to openSUSE - I thought it might help me set-up a GroupWise client, which is a Novell product.
Both distros are fine and as a South African I have to love Ubuntu but SuSe was my route out of bondage before Mark Shuttleworth opened the road.