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    Default Firefox 3.5.4 + font sub-pixel hinting/anti-aliasing. How?

    Heyhey!

    I installed openSUSE 11.2 M5 and added the 11.2 repos and updated everything.
    Now, after some struggle I got font sub-pixel anti-aliasing working via some 11.1 repo with a "fixed" freetype2 lib.
    The thing is Firefox is not rendering text with sub-pixel anti-aliasing.
    So text looks rather bad and even annoying on my LCD.

    I checked my font settings and the fonts.config file and all seems ok in there so I have no idea why FF is not using it.
    Anyone any suggestions?

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    Default Re: Firefox 3.5.4 + font sub-pixel hinting/anti-aliasing. Ho

    font-smoothing should be enabled by default afaik.

    However, Firefox does allow you manually force it. In the Firefox addressbar (awesomebar) type in "about:config" and hit enter.

    Filter it on "gfx.us" and it will show you "gfx.use_text_smoothing_setting". Double click it and it will be set to true instead of default so its forced to on.
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    Default Re: Firefox 3.5.4 + font sub-pixel hinting/anti-aliasing. Ho

    Thanks for the suggestion. That Firefox setting is rather misleading.
    According to Mozilla it has no effect for non Mac users.

    I found the solution now though. I needed to (re)install another lib from that repo, cairo .

    For future reference: Index of /subpixel/openSUSE_11.1

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    Default Re: Firefox 3.5.4 + font sub-pixel hinting/anti-aliasing. Ho

    Quote Originally Posted by Hyperz View Post
    Heyhey!

    I installed openSUSE 11.2 M5 and added the 11.2 repos and updated everything.
    Now, after some struggle I got font sub-pixel anti-aliasing working via some 11.1 repo with a "fixed" freetype2 lib.
    The thing is Firefox is not rendering text with sub-pixel anti-aliasing.
    So text looks rather bad and even annoying on my LCD.

    I checked my font settings and the fonts.config file and all seems ok in there so I have no idea why FF is not using it.
    Anyone any suggestions?
    Can you try this link and see if it helps? Subpixel Hinting for 11.2- GTK Apps- Solution - openSUSE Forums. FF 3.5 subpixel rendering is working for me now.

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