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Old 02-06-2011, 06:57 PM
Nikolaus Rath
 
Default How to get better looking fonts

Hello,

I pulled myself together and worked around the LVM problem and the rest
of the installation actually worked fine.

Now I'm wondering if there is a way to get the font rendering to look
different. I followed all the instructions on
http://fedorasolved.org/Members/khaytsus/improve-fonts/, but the fonts
look pretty much unchanged:

http://www.rath.org/res/fedora.png

I would like them to look more like this:

http://www.rath.org/res/ubuntu.png

Any recommendations?


Thanks,


-Nikolaus

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Old 02-06-2011, 07:10 PM
Tom Horsley
 
Default How to get better looking fonts

On Sun, 06 Feb 2011 14:57:26 -0500
Nikolaus Rath wrote:

> Any recommendations?

Not really, but if you figure it out, please post the
solution. I don't know what ubuntu does (maybe just
different defaults), but one of the things I suspect
that attracts people to ubuntu is that the fonts just
always look better by default with no tweaking
required.
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Old 02-06-2011, 07:15 PM
Jorge Fábregas
 
Default How to get better looking fonts

On 02/06/2011 03:57 PM, Nikolaus Rath wrote:
> Now I'm wondering if there is a way to get the font rendering to look
> different.

I'm on Fedora 14 and mine looks like this (which is more similar to your
Ubuntu screenshot than the Fedora one):

http://imagebin.org/136443

The only thing I did after a fresh installation was to install the
freetype-freeworld package (which is the regular freetype package but
compiled with the bytecode interpreter enabled). You need the RPMFusion
(non-free) repo for that. After that, I just changed the settings to this:

Smoothing --> (Subpixel (LCDs)
Hinting ----> Slight
Subpixel Order ---> RGB

I know talking about how great or bad fonts look is highly subjective...
but I totally agree there's a big difference between the 2 screenshots
your presented. The font rendering in Fedora, out of the box, is not at
the same level of neatness as that of Ubuntu.

HTH,
Jorge
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Old 02-06-2011, 07:29 PM
Jorge Fábregas
 
Default How to get better looking fonts

On 02/06/2011 04:15 PM, Jorge Fábregas wrote:
> (which is the regular freetype package but compiled with the
> bytecode interpreter enabled)

...and on why doesn't the stock freetype package comes with the
bytecode-interpreter enabled? There were some patents from Apple that
prevented Fedora from shipping the package with its full functionality.

BUT... the patents expired some time ago:

http://www.freetype.org/patents.html

Why are we still getting the freetype package without the
bytecode-interpreter on? Read here:

https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=547532

I really don't know the current status of this. I just decided to insall
the freetype-freeworld package and folowed on. If anyone knows please
update us.

Regards,
Jorge

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