Font rendering in recent distro's

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  1. wilbertnl

    wilbertnl Registered Member

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    In a few threads here we have had discussions about and screenshots of fonts in linux distro's.
    We feel a desire to dedicate a seperate discussion to font rendering, so let's get started.

    Here is a screenshot of Mandriva 2010.0 free KDE. I noticed that in /etc/fonts/conf.available any reference to hinting style is missing, so I created a 10-hinting-slight.conf and symlinked that to /etc/fonts/conf.d.
    After that I recreated the font cache with # fc-cache -rvs.
    I selected the Dejavu family as system and firefox font.

    mandriva.png
     
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    As reference, here is my Windows XP cleartype setting:

    ClearType.png
     
  3. iceni60

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    i've always used this -
    Code:
    <?xml version="1.0"?>
    <!DOCTYPE fontconfig SYSTEM "fonts.dtd">
    <fontconfig>
     <match target="font" >
      <edit mode="assign" name="autohint" >
       <bool>true</bool>
      </edit>
     </match>
     <match target="font" >
      <edit mode="assign" name="rgba" >
       <const>none</const>
      </edit>
     </match>
     <match target="font" >
      <edit mode="assign" name="hinting" >
       <bool>true</bool>
      </edit>
     </match>
     <match target="font" >
      <edit mode="assign" name="hintstyle" >
       <const>hintfull</const>
      </edit>
     </match>
     <match target="font" >
      <edit mode="assign" name="antialias" >
       <bool>true</bool>
      </edit>
     </match>
    </fontconfig>
    
    and then checked the dpi are 96x96 by running this -
    xdpyinfo | grep resolution

    i like Luxi Sans, some of the Lucida fonts, MgOpen Cosmetica Bold for theme titlebars and Lucida Console Bold for the terminal :D
     
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  4. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    I'm such an unsophisticated man ... :)

    But Bitstream Vera Sans Mono and Droid Sans Mono feel great.

    Cheers,
    Mrk
     
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    I like font of Win 7. Is there a similar one for ubuntu?
     
  6. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    That would be Tahoma or Colibri, I think.
    Mrk
     
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    Segoe UI is the font used in Vista/7. Just grab the font files from your Windows partition and install them in Ubuntu.
     
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    I had no idea that the elsewhere mentioned Droid Sans fonts are installed by default in OpenSUSE 11.2.

    Here Droid Sans Mono with slight hinting and disabled sub-pixel rendering:

    suse11-2-droid-nosub.png
     
  9. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Lovely eh? My choice for fonts in terminals - that or ... yes, you guessed, Bitstream Vera Sans Mono :)
    Mrk
     
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    Yeah, I should tar them up for other distro's. ;-)
     
  11. Sputnik

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    You can use the link below to get the latest version of the free part of the Droid font family at any time.
    Code:
    http://android.git.kernel.org/?p=platform/frameworks/base.git;a=snapshot;h=39b04dd27e6d20809f8ff26920d1e761a0005252;sf=tgz
     
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    Here's openSUSE 11.2 x86_64 with modified 'cairo' and 'cairo-32bit' packages with full hinting enabled.
     

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    wilbertnl Registered Member

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    Looking good Wilbert! ;) My patched cairo libraries are from the subpixel repo:
    Code:
    http://opensuse-community.org/subpixel/openSUSE_11.2/
    We're looking into patches and see if we can bake any better libraries our own. Till now I'm already very satisfied too be honest.
     
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