When I first installed Ubuntu I noticed that the plymouth display screen (command-line initialization display or w.e.) Was printing lines of high-dpi text, and just as well, the desktop environment looked really good...
Qualitatively, the screen resolution seemed to be perfect. I also noticed (for the first time) the name of the nouveau display driver while plymouth was busy 'tickering' away, outputting status messages for the loading of initial modules.
Now, the peculiarity of the bootstraping screen ... ,
Now, the peculiarity of the bootstraping screen, which had intrigued me, was the comparison between the display output in that situation and the Dpi/Font/Desktop screen resolution; either with nvidias proprietary
'X' drivers, or going without native Nvidia compatible drivers installed.
I should note that, in different circumstances, I've been able (lol) to screw things up with the OS , time-and-agaiin, rather incessantly within the span of a month or so (in various ways)... I had only taken interest of the difference between the qualities of display output when, after executing
sudo apt-get -f dist-upgrade that automatically broke the compatibility of most graphics software Packages. Init was unable to
I rather needed to use the recovery-mode "tty" terminals to try and resolve some issues; at once, it occured to me that the resolution and aspect of the whole screen looked better than usual-- after the OS booted properly, with the standard "from-scratch" video card detection Firmware, and including the
'Xorg-nouveau'* Display Module.
I wonder how the heck the driver for Nvidia, supposedly being native to the computer's graphics card/architecture, would end up scaling down the resolution by just a tiny fraction. How irksome, it is...
I know this isn't a graphics optimization setting --, as evidenced by the fact the Xorg
'nvidia-settings' Panel readout mentions capabilities of relaying rendered graphics to a maximum of two screens in tandem (btw I'm using a netbook), as well as being able to render frames for outputting at a resolution somewhat greater then the aspect ratio of my LCD screen.
Towit, that statement might be a bit of an oxymoron; it calls to mind the fact that Netbooks have well-integrated power management programs with universal policy control [sic]; PCI Bus "link-State" management; variable processor timing/threading,etc.
So,the lower-res(dpi) rendering of the desktop environment may only be the default configuration, for the purpose of balancing the card's hi-graphics capabilities with the rest of its efficiency and video-rendering acceleration. Although, I'm uncertain that I can see how the Xorg-server API manages these properties, despite looking for more specification beside the guise of the Nvidia settings PowerMiser UI.
But, in saying this I digress; I am yet too novice to be able to sift through mounds of configuration options etc, myself, in this area of inquiry.
Notwithstanding, Ubuntu+nouveau seemed like they worked well- enough, to boot ...,
Notwithstanding that, Ubuntu+nouveau seemed like they worked well enough, I should mention. seeming to have have a higher default video resolution than the Nv. driver at first run (as compared with my clean installs which were configured with the proprietary drivers).
This smacks of something screw-y, and it could involve an unfair comparison of two really decent Display APIs, to really critique in this manner of speaking, despite their obvious differences (i.e. pros/cons of native graphics firmware vs. special processing capabilities; like, CUDA, par example.
The difference was amazing, the fact that the nouveau driver, integrates so well with the detected hardware , I want to know how easy it would be, figuratively, to set that same high Dpi/Resolution, using the proprietary Nvidia Driver.
Right now I'm using the Ubuntu Live installation, just so...,
And its current (Trusty 14.10) configuration, is now complete with the Nouveau Xorg Driver. The difference is night and day; without regard for a few caveat.
I just like the customization aspects of the options in the Nvidia panel, and the slick graphics-acceleration API (GLX -- going great with VideoLan VLC media player). I wish I knew the nature of the peculiar discrepancies about the Xorg drivers , and the video-resolution of the LCD).