Plymouth Gains HiDPI Support
Written by Michael Larabel in Red Hat on 4 March 2016 at 12:05 AM EST. 13 Comments
It isn't often we hear much these days about Plymouth, the modern Linux boot splash screen that's now almost universally used by Linux distributions, given that the project is rather mature. However, for those utilizing modern HiDPI displays, the latest Plymouth code should work out better.

There are only a handful of commits to Plymouth each year while Thursday was one of the more interesting commit days. Thanks to developer Giovanni Campagna, Plymouth is receiving HiDPI enhancements.

With HiDPI devices running Linux becoming increasingly common, open-source developers continue adapting their software for these displays with higher pixel densities.

Plymouth now supports the concept of device scales modeled after the Cairo API and designed for HiDPI monitor support. Following that were other HiDPI-specific adjustments and setting the scale for the DRM back-end on relevant displays. There is also support with the Plymouth X11 renderer for testing out this HiDPI scaling support.
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