Ubuntu development...

Christopher James Halse Rogers chalserogers at gmail.com
Sun Aug 26 05:30:19 UTC 2007

On Sun, 2007-08-26 at 05:41 +0100, Chris Warburton wrote:
> On Sun, 2007-08-26 at 00:26 -0400, Tim Hull wrote:
> > 2. The current default fonts look dreadfully ugly. For one thing, they
> > are MASSIVE (on Gutsy at least), and they use a type of hinting which
> > makes them look quite ugly when compared to OS X. What I suggest here
> > is to 1) revert the auto-DPI-detect/change to 11-pt font in Gutsy -
> > things look much better in Feisty with the settngs where they were 2)
> > investigate changing the default hinting to either autohinter or no
> > hinting - this, while a little blurry, seems to look eons better than
> > the "native" hinter.
> > 
> On this point I'm wondering if this may be caused by CompositeByDefault,
> since running XGL on my laptop (non-free ATI drivers, no aiglx for
> me :( ) causes the font rendering to change and ends up with much larger
> fonts than regular Xorg. This happens regardless of whether a
> compositing window manager is being run or not. Perhaps an accelerated X
> server is the reason Gutsy fonts look bigger and uglier for you than
> Feisty? (I haven't changed the font preferences from the Ubuntu
> defaults)

This is possibly an artifact of incorrect DPI reporting by Xgl, if
indeed it's only apparent under Xgl.  I've got a new xgl package in the
works, waiting for review [1].  Once that's hit, I'd be very interested
in hearing whether you still see this behaviour - it should be easy to
fix if it's still apparent.

[1] https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/xserver-xgl/+bug/126255

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