fontconfig vs. Gnome

Scott James Remnant scott at
Thu Mar 5 15:05:14 GMT 2009

On Wed, 2009-03-04 at 16:30 +0000, Matthew Paul Thomas wrote:
> "Excuse me, ma'am, I've set the font rendering to 'Best shapes', is that
> okay?"
> "I don't know, what are the other choices?"
> "'Monochrome', 'Best contrast', 'Subpixel smoothing', and 'Use system
> settings'."
> "'Use system settings'? What does that mean?"
> "For you, ma'am, it means 'Subpixel smoothing'."
> "But 'Subpixel smoothing' is one of the other options you just gave me,
> isn't it?"
> "Yes, it is."
> <pause>
> "So ... why did you offer it with two different names? Were you trying
> to trick me?"
> "Not at all. That's just the one we recommend for you, so we want to
> make it twice as likely that you'll choose it."
> "Oh, for heaven's sake. You could have just *told* me that you recommend
> it ... But wait a minute. If you recommend 'Subpixel smoothing' for me,
> why on earth did you set it to 'Best shapes' to start with?"
> "I'm terribly sorry, ma'am, one of my other personalities was dominant
> when I did that."
> <longer pause>
> "Your ... other ... personalities?"
> "Yes, ma'am, that was my 'Gnome' personality. Right now I'm in my
> 'fontconfig' personality."
> "You have the personality of a gnome? ... No, wait, don't bother
> answering that question. I'm leaving."

Scott James Remnant
scott at
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