For the past weekend I was preparing an external USB HD to work on testing things on Haiku without touching my default install at home, and to carry it along, so I can do stuff from anywhere. While I had some issues in order to achieve this, they are out of the scope of this post and will talk about them in another one. In here, I’ll talk about three “issues” that I found when testing the new “Haiku install”. Nonetheless, I do understand that these happen due to “my particular” setup.
1- Screen size: At home, the display is a 3440x1440 px. At work is a 1680x1050px. As I tested at home on the ‘big’ screen, when at work, WebPositive launched outside of the display boundaries. Had to remove the “session” file in WebPositive’s settings to get WebPositive back on screen.
Wouldn’t it be the optimal behaviour for the apps to appear inside the screen?
2- Background scaling: related to 1. A background image has options to be placed manually, centered on the screen and scaled to fit. I would add a “shrink to fit” option there that scales the background vertically and horizontally to fill the screen. Scale to fit scales the image vertically thus not showing the whole image as parts of the image extend beyond the boundaries of the display. A shrink to fit option available would allow the image, though distorted, fill the screen.
3- Workspaces applet: related to 1. As I have the workspaces applet on all the time, extending at the bottom of the screen from left border to the right border, when changing the display, the applet keeps its original size, thus extending way beyond the display boundaries. It would be nice that the applet would scale to fit the display width (in my case) or height.