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Re: Fedora install support for netbooks -- small screen size





On Wed, Jan 6, 2010 at 10:24 AM, Robert Moskowitz <rgm htt-consult com> wrote:
I am doing another FC12 install on my ASUS 701ee.  This is a test system, and I end up installing every month or so.

Of course with the small screen size, I end up pressing <cntl-N> a lot, as I cannot see the Next button.  And on some screens I just miss some options, like getting to customize the install packages.  I am always forgetting the key combo to turn that check box on.

Is there some way to either get the ability to pan the screen around or scroll the screen so that on Netbooks that SHOULD be a popular install platform for Fedora, can have workable installation?

I had a rant on the list about  an equivalent issue a few months ago.
As far as I'm concerned either developers should never assume fixed window sizes, or
something/somewhere should auto-enable scroll bars if the requested window can't fit on
the provided screen size.  I think this would be easier to implement than auto-enabled vitrtual screen sizes.

I would think it would be simple for the windowing library to compare the size of the requested window
to the size of the screen, and auto-enable scroll bars if the requested window can't be displayed 'as-is'.

(I say its simple, because I stumbled across this in _my_ code 10 years ago, and I added the 4 lines
of code required to accomplish it... for me.)


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