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X11 low-resolution scrollable desktopThis setup is useful for running X11 on a Mac, and for older GNU/Linux-based X servers. Many newer Linux boxes can't do this anymore and will need a high-DPI setup instead (unless you want to use VNC-based magnification).
- To set up the low resolution and the scrolling on a Mac, see Mac magnification setup
- To set it up on older Linux boxes, see Magnification in X11
Configuration filesThese are usually files and directories in your home directory whose names start with a dot (.). You have to use ls -a to list them. I do not recommend replacing your existing files with these without first checking that your existing files do not contain anything important. Look at the files and see if you want to merge anything.
- .Xresources - used for setting fonts and colours (etc) in various X applications; a good starting point. See the comments at the beginning of the file about setup.
- .gtkrc -
needed in addition to the above for some
You should save this file as both
.gtkrc-2.0(or just save it as
.gtkrcand do ln -s .gtkrc .gtkrc-2.0).
Note: Some badly-behaved programs will need this
.gtkrcto be temporarily renamed before they are started.
- .lyx/lyxrc and .lyx/preferences - used to configure LyX (a LaTeX front-end). Note: If using a version of LyX prior to 1.5.3, use the XForms version rather than the Qt version, due to LyX bug 4293.
- XEmacs configuration details are on a separate page
flwm's colours can be
configured at the command line from within
.xsession, e.g. flwm -fg white -bg
darkblue; if you have an old version that
doesn't obey the -fg flag,
you may be able to upgrade, or apply
the patch I submitted to Debian bug
#267983. On some systems you may have to fall
back to TWM in which case you could try this
OtherIf your system causes modern applications to render their fonts poorly at low resolution, you might also want to check my FreeType at low resolution page.
Some distributions also have a package
big-cursor which provides large fonts for
the mouse cursor (sometimes you can
just install it, but very old versions might need a
little setting up).
Don't forget to also adjust the monitor's `brightness' and `contrast' settings to comfortable levels. (I usually find a high `contrast' and a low `brightness' is better.)
If an application's bright background is hurting your eyes, and you cannot get it to change colours using the above configuration or any other method, then as a last resort you can try my VNC colour-inverting hack.
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