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[openFATE 307522] Improve font rendering on openSUSE
Feature changed by: Jared Meidal (kahu)
Feature #307522, revision 14
Title: Improve font rendering on openSUSE

openSUSE-11.3: Rejected by Andreas Jaeger (a_jaeger)
reject date: 2010-11-08 16:38:47
reject reason: Not done for 11.3.
Requester: Important

openSUSE-11.4: Rejected by Andreas Jaeger (a_jaeger)
reject date: 2010-11-08 16:39:22
reject reason: Not clear what exactly needs to be done.
Requester: Important

Requested by: Andres Linares (satoshi-takao)
Partner organization:

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.

#1: Thomas Schmidt (digitaltomm) (2009-08-31 12:54:52)
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:

#2: Jan Engelhardt (jengelh) (2009-09-03 16:09:17)
And also, subpixel rendering leaves an ugly color trail on CRTs, that
is even noticable on LCDs.

#3: Robert Davies (robopensuse) (2009-12-01 00:15:47)
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.

#4: Isaak Malik (earthmind) (2010-07-16 14:36:12)
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.

#5: Isaak Malik (earthmind) (2010-07-28 16:27:55)
Please read this article on Linux Journal:
This entirely solves the patenting issues.

#6: Jan Matejek (matejcik) (2010-08-23 19:30:50)
-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?

+ #7: Jared Meidal (kahu) (2011-12-29 23:17:06)
+ 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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