When the “Auto resize VM with window” option is checked, the VM window becomes unresponsive. My host’s DE is Cinnamon. I have all the necessary spice packages installed * services running on the host and the VMs. Interestingly, when I use the Cirrus video driver, all runs fine.
Apparently the Cirrus driver is quite dated and buggy, but I am yet to encounter any issues. Is it also outdated with regard to security as well or can I continue to use it instead of QXL?
You must never use any other drivers except QXL/SPICE (or virGL if 3D is needed). The rest have crappy performance and long standing security issues.
Recently one of our users discovered that xfce resolution settings can survive reboots. Test them out and pick a resolution that works for your screen and take a snapshot after to preserve it. Unfortunately not all resolutions work for all screen dimensions so its something you must try and choose.
Yes, I disliked KVM because of low-resolution problems, as I expected an auto-resize behavior as in VirtualBox, until I found out that you can adjust the setting in the VM, at least with XFCE, and it will survive reboot.
Very simple: Whisker Menu → display → change Resolution to 1920x1080
Then you can go full screen for a seamless desktop experience.
Works 100% on all my machines (desktop and laptop). Using it as I write.
The resolution is then hard-coded in this file (again, with XFCE, don’t know how it works with other DE): .config/xfce4/xfconf/xfce-perchannel-xml/displays.xml
(“guestcontrol” is a VirtualBox feature. I haven’t seen something similar for KVM yet. I.e. a way for the host to send commands to a KVM VM.)
Or is that some other virt-manager / KVM feature? If so, I guess “Check: Always” would be a setting that gets stored somewhere - hence could be pre-configured somehow.
Does XFCE Start Menu → Settings → Display → Resolution: → Choose a higher resolution resolution → Apply work?
xrandr did have no effect at all or non-ideal screen resolution?
If so, I can probably translate that into an xrandr command. xrandr use on command line isn’t the most simple thing…
But above would be preferred.
Is there anyone in the Whonix team willing to submit a PR upstream. I know a little programming but would have no idea where to start. From very little reading it sounds like XFCE does not even use xrandr?
I know there is a “workaround” but none of the resolutions fit without black bars. I know I could go full screen also, but that has its own pains for seemlessly switching back to my host system.