Horrid fonts in Feisty

Marius Gedminas marius at pov.lt
Wed May 2 15:23:46 UTC 2007


On Wed, May 02, 2007 at 04:28:25AM +0300, Ari Torhamo wrote:
> ti, 2007-05-01 kello 14:57 -0400, Rashkae kirjoitti:
> > Kirk Strauser wrote:
> > 
> > > Thanks for the tips.  The only difference seems to be that I have bitmaps 
> > > disabled.  I'll turn them back of, if only to set a baseline of usable 
> > > fonts to look at.
> > 
> > Err, the really, *really* big difference is that I'm using good, well 
> > hinted fonts, Arial, Verdana, or Tohama (sp?).  Any of which outdo the 
> > freely available Linux fonts out of the water.
> 
> Any chance for a screenshot? I've always thought that the default fonts
> on my Ubuntu desktop look great. Ive been suprised to hear that some
> people might prefer the way fonts are rendered in Windows.

Verdana with subpixel rendering on my Ubuntu box looked better than
whatever-the-font-was-used on Windows on the same box.  That was years
ago, when I last booted into Windows.  I admit it took a while paying
with gnome-font-settings and dpkg-reconfigure fontconfig to get things
just right.

Here's a screenshot:
http://mg.pov.lt/xcompmgr-shadows.png

vim and xterm use 10pt Andale Mono.  The menu bar on top uses 10pt
Verdana.

Marius Gedminas
-- 
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