Damn - very unpolished… Almost unusable from an Accessibilty perspective…
The fonts and DPI are so tiny that it’s nearly impossible to even find the Accessibilty settings - and when you do - THERE’S BUGGERALL there to make things more visible to the vision impaired (I am)!
So you have to juggle around what seems like THIRTY different widgets to increase font sizes - some of which do SWEET FA, and there doesn’t seem to be anywhere to set the cursor larger…
This is on a 14" FHD - everything’s tiny and I have to squint just to read stuff…
Steam was a simple “sudo apt install steam” and now I’m trying to get it to install Borderlands 2 in Steam (Linux native port of FPS game). Seems pretty straightforward.
Per above - I would in NO WAY recommend this distro the vision impaired… it’s PURE garbage from a visility persective…
I eschew all that other Accessibility stuff like sticky keys (I HATE that!) and keyboard cursor, and screen reader stuff… I JUST WANT text that I can read, icon big enough to guess their function, and application window titlebars to be big enough to read what they are… None of this comes out of the box with MX, and none of these is easy to find, or tweak…
That is a clear deficiency. I am marginal for vision impaired… oK on desktop but make it larger on laptop. Android tablet deals with it partly… doesnt penetrate all apps.
Glasses with the right focal length for a screen helps a lot.
I noticed Devuan has fontsize icons on the Xfce screen by default
Xfce 4.14, introduced with MX-19, supports HiDPI scaling:
Go to Settings Manager > Appearance > Settings > Window Scaling and select 2 as the scaling factor.
Go to Settings Manager > Window Manager > Style and select Default-xhdpi in the theme box on the left.
These steps set 2x scaled resolution for Xfce and other GTK 3 apps. For different resolution options , check the Xfce Forum.
And what do you get? PURE GARBAGE - everything’s GIGANTIC and utterly ridiculous! Things like OK buttons now off screen… RIDICULOUS! Go back to school MX…
Done that already - MX offers too many places to do the same things…
Ended up using the standard XFCE “Settings Manager” (I HATE it when distros try to “go their own way” Garuda’s like that too - and MASSIVELY INCONSISTENT!)…
But cranking up font sizes fixes some things, but somethings are still WAY to small !
And as for KDE - I actually installed it (sudo apt install kde-full) - but not sure what effect that’s going to have or how / where to choose it 'cause I’ve got my “/” encrypted I let it autologin and start the desktop…
I’m about to reboot to see if detects I’ve loaded another DE and possibly WM…
Wish me luck!
PIECE OF CRAP!
It rebooted and stopped autologin (which must have been 'cause I installed KDE - and yeah I kinda hate, always have hated, KDE) and before I login I was messing around and trying to see where I can select whihc DE to run, and there’s an option in the top bar to increase the font, so I did - and EVERYTHING’s GIGANTIC and all the important info is offscreen, or the tops of strings are cut off 'cause the font’s too big for the piece of shit to display…
Gimme elementary, or ubuntu, or Fedora (or even Red Hat 8 or 9!) ANY day of the week! Even stock Debian (but stable is too boring, and unstable is too unstable).
Mmmm - I’m seriously considering trying out Red Hat 9 (Gnome) on here…
I was always under the idea that in situations like this
one DE on top of another DE
Adding (install) KDE on top of Xfce
Is that another way users have found another easy way to screw things up in Linux ?
A clean fresh install although time consuming is far more streamlined for the machine.
Having two DE on the one install when it was never intended to have that,
wouldn’t that be similar to reading two books at one time alternating pages,
I currently have Mint 21.1 on one of my harddrives. I installed KDE and can choose Plasma or Cinnamon when I log in. Haven’t noticed any particular problems, although I like having two to four work spaces available in the lower panel when I have a couple of projects going. Haven’t figured out how to do that in Plasma yet.
Watched Nick’s video on Plasma 27, but haven’t figured out where to find it yet. Maybe Kubuntu 2304 will use it, or KDE Neon. Right now I’m driving Lubuntu 2210 and enjoying it, but can’t seem to load Gnome Boxes. It may be that Mint is really the best all-purpose distro for me, the KISS user.
MX XFCE working just fine here.
If i install its KDE, it will always be separate and it has always worked fine for me too.
Both use modest resources, especially compared to Windows!
KDE Neon is more resource intense, but still, less than Windows too.
Can’t stand Gnome (no matter which distro).
Just can’t get into it.
You mean, use a separate full install with KDE.
Yeah, that makes sense, use multiboot if you want 2 DTE’s
I was forced to MX “ahs” with Xfce because Debian would not drive a new graphics card.
Now that I am there, I am satisfied MX is a stable distro to run my grub config, email, and other essentials. MX can “hold the fort” while I experiment with other things like Void and Gentoo.