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Thread: So is there nice subpixel hinting now?

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    Default So is there nice subpixel hinting now?

    In openSUSE 10.3, subpixel hinting was disable and required you to patch freetype which was quite annoying. Is it there out of the box now in openSUSE 11, like most other distros?

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    Default Re: So is there nice subpixel hinting now?

    I have always had subpixelhinting on openSUSE, well even if I don't, they still pwn
    "If it ain't broke, find something wrong with it"

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    Default Re: So is there nice subpixel hinting now?

    Same concern over here too. Suse 10.3 looked really good with the patched freetype builds, I don't see any such thing in the 11.0 RC (or the updates on the final 11.0 that I'm performing now...). I read a bug report on Bugzilla that there is a bug in the QT libraries that defines the subpixel hinting at *build time* as opposed to *run time*.

    Any experiences in having cleartype-subpixel hinting for 11.0?

    -Anshul

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    Default Re: So is there nice subpixel hinting now?

    If you do a search for "font" under our search function, you will get a list of threads, a couple of which might have some useful information:
    * Installing Microsoft Fonts on openSUSE 11.0 - openSUSE Forums
    * Firefox 3 Beta 5 - fonts too big - openSUSE Forums

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    Default Re: So is there nice subpixel hinting now?

    oldcpu,
    I did indeed search the forums and browsed those threads too. The threads refer to adding Microsoft fonts and not specifically to the issue of subpixel hinting, i.e. cleartype font rendering. While some might argue that the current dispensation of enabling only the BCI is good enough, cleartype does add that extra touch and makes it perfect.

    Even a patched RPM from the repos for 11.0 dosen't fix the rendering for ant QT4 app, while the QT3 apps render perfectly. Seems to be a QT4 issue...

    -Anshul

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    Default Re: So is there nice subpixel hinting now?

    As far as i know (read it somewhere) the subpixel hinting is disabled upstream because of some legal concerns and thatswhy it is also disabled in Opensuse. But there are someways to enable it.

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    Default Re: So is there nice subpixel hinting now?

    miggols99,
    The subpixel rendering you're talking about is the disabling of subpixel hinting by Opensuse and not by Trolltech, the company behind by Qt. There is a bug report on their bug tracker (Bug Tracker — Trolltech) that subpixel hinting will be enabled in the 4.5.0 versions.

    -Anshul

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    lukas_jusko NNTP User

    Default Re: So is there nice subpixel hinting now?

    To enable subpixel hinting in openSUSE 11/KDE 4 just run "kcmshell4 fonts" as user and enable it. No patching needed...

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    Uh..that still doesn't give me nice fonts. They're still all horrible.

    http://xs128.xs.to/xs128/08255/fonts393.png

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    Default Re: So is there nice subpixel hinting now?

    Firefox is a GTK application - KDE font settings have no effect in it.

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