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I am looking for a lightweight linux desktop to use as an Home Theatre PC, that has UI scaling.

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I think you could use Elementary OS for that. It is a lightweight distro based on Ubuntu with a minimalistic UI and HiDPI support. Although, it seems like they are using a workaround for this, according to one of the designers. ("update" paragraph, before the "takeaway" list). Here is another discussion on that subject.

I hope it helps!

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You might try Linux Window Managers such as Fluxbox or OpenBox.

If you want to install Fluxbox, first install Ubuntu Mini, then install window manager and login manager:

sudo apt-get install fluxbox xorg slim

Then open console by right clicking desktop: Applications > Shell > Bash

Type xrandr to see options, type xrandr -s 1920x1200 to change resolution. Mplayer is a good video player which you can start from console.

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