The future of Linux

Chris Angelico rosuav at
Tue Jun 11 00:26:59 CEST 2013

On Tue, Jun 11, 2013 at 8:20 AM, Maximilien Noal
<noal.maximilien at> wrote:
> Le 11/06/2013 00:10, Chris Angelico a écrit :
>> The only reason I ask is because VirtualBox runs a Windows guest in the
>> current Linux resolution. If that Windows guest switches to full-screen
>> mode, it just uses a tiny piece of screen in the middle, instead of scaling
>> it up. In theory, I ought to be able to set the Linux screen res to 640x480
>> and stretch the display; but I don't want to disrupt all my
>> previously-arranged workspaces full of terminals. Hence, if I could have one
>> workspace that's at a different screen res, that'd be ubercool. But I
>> suspect that's not possible.
> I think VirtualBox scales the resolution of the VM to fullscreen resolution
> if the VirtualBox Guest Additions are installed and running in the VM.
> You can install them from the 'Device" menu of the VM.

That works for the main Windows desktop, but when a full-screen
session (especially an old game like Streets of SimCity or Thief) puts
the screen into a lower resolution (usually 640x480 but can be higher
or lower), VirtualBox can't seem to cope with it, and simply
pillarboxes the image. On a 1920x1080 screen, having a 320x240 "full
screen" window is a little weird :)


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