When I first started using the librem 15 I was surprised that my ultra-wide external monitor’s resolution of 2560x1080 was not available both in PurseOS and elementary OS. (Pure OS bombed on day one so I switched to something else) What a bummer!
The display on the librem 15 is weird in general – you can barely read your grub entries because they appear so tiny. I don’t fully understand the benefits of having a very high resolution for a tiny screen but the LoDPI scaling factor in X really helps except some of the application icons appear gigantic in elementary OS.
Anyway, back to my external display! Maybe 2560x1920 it not a supported resolution of the intel HD Graphics 620? I do not know, I searched intel’s site but could could not find the information I was looking for, but I did stumble upon this article that explains how to add a missing / custom display resolution. I followed the instructions (plugging in 2560x1920 rather than the resolution used in the article) and I can now use the full width of my monitor! yay! Hopefully this doesn’t damage the intel GPU in some way.
I know this post seems very critical but I really mean to provide constructive criticism. I want Purism to succeed and I think identifying the bumps in the road is crucial.
I’m both excited and sort of cringing as I wait for my librem 5 to ship.