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Improve font rendering on openSUSE

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It would be great if font rendering in openSUSE looks like Mac OS X's or Windows' with Cleartype. Ubuntu has improved it a little. I think this could be important for openSUSE interface.


icons/user_comment.png T. S. wrote: (8 years ago)

Could you please give more information on how to achieve this?
Afaic cleartype is disabled in opensuse because of microsoft patents.
There is a howto for enabling it: http://opensuse-community.org/SubpixelHinting

icons/user_comment.png J. E. wrote: (8 years ago)

And also, subpixel rendering leaves an ugly color trail on CRTs, that is even noticable on LCDs.

icons/user_comment.png R. D. wrote: (8 years ago)

Having installed Windows 7, and having gone through a wizard for their font rendering, I am not so convinced by their technology; I found their examples rather fuzzy and unclear on a good Pro CRT.  Most font issues I see in Linux are cured by CNTRL-+; though I have seen screenshots of some disgusting fonts in YaST post-installation.

icons/user_comment.png I. M. wrote: (7 years ago)

To be honest, working in OpenSUSE irritates my eyes very fast because of the bad font anti-aliasing.  This however does not occur in Windows or not even Ubuntu.

icons/user_comment.png I. M. wrote: (7 years ago)

Please read this article on Linux Journal: http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/prettier-fonts-way

This entirely solves the patenting issues.

icons/user_comment.png J. M. wrote: (7 years ago)

-1 - ClearType is ugly itself.

the usual perceived problem is that fonts on webpages are ugly, but this is solved by installing MS core fonts - in other words, it is not a question of font rendering, but a question of using ugly (substitute) fonts in the first place.

as for desktop fonts, to my poor eyes it seems that they are good enough by default - care for some comparison screenshots?

icons/user_comment.png J. E. wrote: (6 years ago)

Wikipedia has a reasonable explanation and pictures of the difference between Antialias and AA+ClearType. Yes, AA without ClearType makes fonts perhaps look more gray.

And this potential extra gray affect seems to have been ignored on features.opensuse.org where the CSS author decided to use #444444 instead of #000000... duh.

icons/user_comment.png J. M. wrote: (6 years ago)

i understand the difference between AA, subpixel rendering and various methods of font hinting. what i meant by comparison screenshots is "opensuse default" versus "how it's supposed to look" (in OP's opinion).
again, to me, default openSUSE's font configuration looks reasonably well

icons/user_comment.png J. M. wrote: (6 years ago)

Using OpenSUSE 12.1 + KDE 4.7.4 with freetype2-devel 2.4.7 my fonts are crystal clear. (A DVI cable helps!)
I have anti-aliasing enabled, and sub-pixel rendering to RBG, and hinting style to Medium.

I think this is as good as it gets, and the issue has been solved with freetype 2.4 released last year.

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