Font Blurry on new Linux Distros

Chris Miller lordsauronthegreat at
Wed Apr 18 18:46:10 UTC 2007

On 4/18/07, Behrang Saeedzadeh <behrangsa at> wrote:
> Hi,
> The last two or three Kubuntu/Ubuntu distros I have installed on my
> laptop/desktop all had a serious problem with rendering fonts and
> that's that they all render fonts blurry. Is this because the
> ClearType functionality is disabled by default as it is patented by
> Microsoft?

It's called Font Anti-Aliasing, and it's NOT a MS-patented thing by
any stretch of the imagination.  ClearType is a MS thing that does
exactly what anti-aliasing does, only with a funny buzz-word in hopes
of suing someone.

> Any ideas how can I fix this problem? I can't work with Kubuntu more
> than a few minutes like this.

System settings -> Appearance -> Fonts

Turn on the anti-aliasing for it (should be a checkbox at the bottom)
and restart Xorg.

It's not much, but it's what I call

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