Tried out the latest Fedora 13 release for kicks, and seem to be liking it so far I'm an openSUSE user and created some RPMs (on openSUSE) for myself which have the Ubuntu font rendering patches in them. I played around with the Fedora RPMs and managed to patch freetype-freeworld, cairo, fontconfig and Xfto achieve subpixel hinting on par with Ubuntu I wanted to share them with the Fedora community, if interested. Is there any place like an openSUSE Build Service for Fedora where I can host them...or maybe some community site that can host them? A screenshot of my desktop:
Using Ubuntu 10.04.My fonts looked different today. Only slightly different. So I went into the appearance preferences to try to figure it out.In, Systems->Preferences->Appearance, click the "Fonts" tab and for "Rendering" select "Subpixel smoothing (LCDs)".Then click "Details". For hinting I choose "Full". Then I close the "Font Rendering Details" dialog box. And close the "Appearance Preferences" dialog box.
My problem is that my system won't keep my "Subpixel smoothing (LCDs)" font Hinting setting on "Full". It keeps changing it back to "Slight". When I go back into the settings one thing I notice that you can see in the picture is that for "Rendering" they all have the minus sign. Then when I re-click on "Subpixel smoothing (LCDs)" it shows up as "slight".
I just bought a new monitor, Acer H243HX 24" 1920x1080. I have Ubuntu 10.04 and subpixel smoothing enabled with slight hinting and RGB-order (monitor has same RGB-order). The problem is that fonts seems to have "too heavy" smoothing: fonts doesn't look black but colourful. Text has almost unnoticeable but very irritating colour glow. I have tried grayscale smoothing but with it fonts don't look as nice as with subpixel smoothing.
I have been wondering whether problem is associated with software or hardware. Could problem be caused by the fairly large pixel pitch (pixel size) of my monitor (0.276 mm)? I have used two other monitors with Ubuntu 10.04 and same smoothing settings. They had pixel pitch of 0.26 mm. I haven't noticed any colour glow in these monitors even though I have tried to see it.
I'm running Fedora 13 x86_64 on a Dell Precision Workstation with a Dell Flatscreen Monitor. My fonts render well everywhere, using Dejavu fonts, but in Firefox and Epiphany they have these terrible yellow outlines and jagged edges.Has anyone else seen this? I've only noticed it recently (since the upgrade to Fedora 13), but it also happens on a Fedora 12 machine at home.
After Installing 10.04, I've noticed that web browsers seem to be ignoring the font rendering settings set for the ui (System>Preferences>Appearance>Fonts).So far I've tried Firefox, Chromium and Opera, and text renders equally blurry in all of them. Changing from one rendering method to another has an effect on menu bars etc, but doesn't change how text appears inside of a browser, for better or worse.
I am trying to disable font smoothing in Firefox 3.6.10 in Ubuntu 10.10. I have disabled font smoothing in System > Preferences > Appearance > Fonts (Rendering = Monochrome) Firefox continues smoothing fonts and some other applications also continue to smooth them. I have tried restarting the system
I'm using Arch Linux with KDE 4.6 and Firefox 5.0, and I had to install a GTK+ theme to make apps like Firefox look nicer.Now, I have another problem—Firefox doesn't use font smoothing on sites, even though KDE itself uses font smoothing. I didn't see anything related to that in settings.
I don't like the subpixel font smoothing (aka ClearType) in my browser window. Is there a way to switch it off? Switching off font smoothing in System > Preferences > Appearance is affecting Ubuntu itself, but not Firefox. Besides, the smoothing for Ubuntu itself is ok, but I don't want this in my browser. How can I disable it?
I just preupgraded from Fedora 14 to 15 on my Toshiba NB205 netbook (the preupgrade went smoothly by the way).
Immediately upon logging in, I discovered catastrophically poor quality of font rendering in every terminal window program I tried, (and I checked plenty like LilyTerm, Sakura, gnome-terminal, etc) and in web-browsers.
The symptoms are the same for all applications: the glyphs are very thin, anorectic, and very ugly.
The described behavior is desktop independent: same in Gnome (3 and the fallback mode), fluxbox, Openbox.
I am pretty new to GNU/Linux. I use Mint but want to use Debian. The problem is, Debian has worse font smoothing. Ubuntu's smoothing is great! Is there any possibility to simply install any package on Debian stable to make Debian's font smoothing exactly as it is in Ubuntu?
I love openSUSE, but I hate its default font rendering. On openSUSE 11.3, I am obtaining good results with the SubpixelHinting - openSUSE Community Wiki together with [url]. However, the previous repo doesn't have packages for 11.4. I know that there are some personal packages in the build service, but soon after the 11.3 release they pulled these personal packages because they might violate a patent. So where is a reliable, easy source for installing the best libraries for smooth fonts with subpixel hinting?
In the next couple of days I'm intending to move to openSuse after a year of vacillating between XP, Vista, 7 and Ubuntu/Mint. One of my main uses for a computer is word processing, but I've noticed font rendering is not at its best in much of Linux. Ubuntu made a great leap as of 9.04, and therefore so did Mint, but whatever was done with the configuration, despite the free and open source factor, hasn't been implemented in many other distros, including I think openSuse. Even Kubuntu is behind - the settings don't seem to alter no matter what is picked in the relevant configuration panel. Several versions of KDE 4 have come and gone without this being seen to.
I am going by live CDs, for example I have 11.2 KDE version which I tried again today and found the same mysterious lack of change as occurs with Kubuntu when the settings are altered. So, has this since been put right with an update or user's tweak, or do people not even know or notice what I'm meaning? Using Open Office's word processor, the fonts aren't correct, often too skinny or spidery, which is what made me hesitant about Linux when I first dipped in, with Ubuntu 8.10.
I've tried the last four openSuse Gnome editions, and with the 'slight' settings for lcd screens the colour fringing is very apparent, as with Ubuntu 8.04 and 8.10. The 'medium' and 'full' settings cause fonts, Roman type especially, to become skinny and spidery.
Since a few weeks the fonts in Maverick aren't rendering right anymore. The rendering goes wrong in Maverick itself and other such as Firefox. Tried to change the font in the appearance preferences dialog. Changing the default font in Firefox also hasn't any effect.
I've got a slight problem here, and have had it for a while: When I use the "Sharp'N'Clear" .fonts.conf from Here, and set an optimized font like Arial, gtk-based applications render correctly, while Qt-based ones don't As you can see, the top window(Firefox) has it's fonts clean and nice. The bottom one(Dolphin) does not. Both are set to Arial 9. I've tried it with a number of different applications, including some custom PyQt4 stuff, and it's clear that it's -all- Qt-based applications and not just one or two.
For further information, I've had this problem ever since I upgraded from Kubuntu 9.10 a while back - That version worked correctly on both Qt and gtk, but nothing since has.
i have upgraded my desktop from 13.0 to 13.1 and the font rendering suffered big time (did the same procedure on the laptop but no problems there). anyway, the fonts on kdm are really bad as well as konsole and firefox. other qt apps don't seem too bad but should be much better. xterm and xmobar don't seem to be affected at all. the machine is running the 13.1 sbo of nvidia drivers.
i have tried a few things: playing with the anti-aliasing settings in kde control center (all the settings offered differnet level of 'badness' and no 'goodness') and trying to use the settings in the nvidia control panel but that didn't seem to have any effect.
I've installed some custom programming fonts, namely Speedy.pcf. Its a .pcf, so I just coped it into /usr/share/fonts/misc, and ran mkfontscale, mkfontdir. I can use the font fine in 'xfontsel' and 'urxvt', but when GTK2 tries to render this font. its not even the same font, its just using some default font.
Is it just me or does the font rendering in Slackware64 13.37 look bad? It reminds me of the bad old days of having to recompile freetype with the then-patent-encumbered option to make the fonts look decent. When I print, everything looks normal. On screen it doesn't look right. I don't really know how to describe it other than it how things used to change after a freetype recompile. Is there anything major that changed between 13.1 and 13.37 WRT fonts in KDE, X, or freetype for that matter? FWIW, I did a clean install with a new .kde instead of using the old one.
able to find anything on this particular issue. The problem I'm having is that the contrast ratio of text in firefox seems very inconsistent. For example: if I'm reading an article on NYtimes, from one paragraph to the next it looks like some sentences are in bold-face and others are not. If I refresh the page, it'll be different areas that are or aren't bf. Sometimes they even change (getting darker or lighter) as I'm sitting there reading. I tried to take a screenshot but unfortunately the text all becomes uniform as soon as I hit prt-scr so the image doesn't show the effect.
Another example is viewing my personal favorite forum where threads that I haven't read are in bf as opposed to those I have read which are normal. The problem is that when I do a mouse-over of the bf threads the font rendering becomes more greyed out. It's still bold-face, just not as dark.
A final example is in text-entry boxes. As I'm typing this right now the line I'm on looks normal but the paragraph above seems to go from regular to bold-face from one line to the next. The paragraph above that looks entirely bold-face...
It did occur to me that this could be a monitor issue or even a vid-card issue. But it's definitely not monitor because I can scroll the whole screen and the variation moves with the text... And it's not vid-card because I installed Chrome as a check and it doesn't have the same problem. None of the above symptoms carry over to that application.
This happens to me with any browser (tested: Firefox, Chrome and Opera) and DE (tested; Gnome, KDE, LXDE). While for the most part, the text is OK, some text looks quite messed up (please look at the attachment for an example).
By inspecting the affected pages, I fond that usually (maybe ever?) when the characters are garbled, the font is Tahoma.
Then I tested with The Gimp and its text tool: I choosed Tahoma and I tried to type something inside an image. Same issue. It seems to happens when the font size is 14 px or >= 17 px.
I am running ubuntu 10.04 and am using nvidia drivers and my resolution is 1680x1050.
I've been trying to get the windows-like font rendering to work, but I'm having problems with almost every font except Tahoma for some reason. I installed microsoft fonts using this tutorial.
(LINK) This is how bad the fonts look in google chrome (LINK)This is what my xorg.conf looks like (LINK)This is my .fonts.conf, I have anti-alising disabled for all fonts there (I think), so the fonts would be sharp
Then after installing it, I realized not only did firefoxes fonts look terrible, the fonts on the entire system were totally different, they look terrible.
So I uninstalled all the new programs, removed the new moz repository, and then reinstalled the regular firefox 3.5 from regular ubuntu repos. Dropped all support software down to 3.5 as well. System fonts are still totally fubar!
I tried creating a .fontconfig file with the text from the threads, supposedly to fix the new firefoxes fonts, and it did not help.
As my fonts looked absolutely wonderful, now they look terrible. I tried messing with all the settings in the appearance tab of the gnome menu, nothing seems to help!
Regular firefox is back, and running fine, but its fonts and all the rest of the fonts on the system look horrible, like they are not getting aliased/hinted at all!
i've a problem with Fedora 14. Although i active the subpixel hinting in the fonts setting it remains disable or however it isn't the same as other distro.The only way i was able to active the subpixel hinting is that -> http://www.infinality.net/blog/?p=67 but the result isn't excellent and cause eye strainPS I have an Nvidia 9200m with closed driver (but i have the problem also with mesa and nouveau)