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    Default Need some font help please.

    Hi,

    Firefox renders lousy fonts in openSUSE 11.3 for me. I use Google chrome too and its not all that great either. I found a post that said to put http://www.infinality.net/files/local.conf into /etc/fonts which I did and that seemed to improve the problem for Firefox.

    My question ... is that the standard fix for this? Or am I missing a package I should have installed.

    BTW I do use Ubuntu fonts however on the whole I do not find font rendering in openSUSE nearly as nice as in Ubuntu variants. Like the type in this message box for example is not nearly as clear as in Ubuntu. Or the Bookmark menu in Google Chrome.

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Need some font help please.

    I don't know Gnome well, but if you're using KDE, you can use "Configure Desktop" ('systemsettings' on the command line) to set up font configurations, like anti-aliasing, and force GTK apps like firefox to use those settings.

    Is this what you're looking for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glasairmell
    Hi,

    Firefox renders lousy fonts in openSUSE 11.3 for me. I use Google
    chrome too and its not all that great either. I found a post that said
    to put http://www.infinality.net/files/local.conf into /etc/fonts which
    I did and that seemed to improve the problem for Firefox.

    My question ... is that the standard fix for this? Or am I missing a
    package I should have installed.

    BTW I do use Ubuntu fonts however on the whole I do not find font
    rendering in openSUSE nearly as nice as in Ubuntu variants. Like the
    type in this message box for example is not nearly as clear as in
    Ubuntu. Or the Bookmark menu in Google Chrome.

    Thanks!

    Hi
    Have a look at adding SubpixelHinting;
    http://opensuse-community.org/SubpixelHinting

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    Default Re: Need some font help please.

    BTW I am using gnome. When I tried http://opensuse-community.org/SubpixelHinting I got:
    zypper in freetype2-feature-subpixel-hinting
    Retrieving repository 'PK_TMP_DIR' metadata [done]
    Loading repository data...
    Reading installed packages...
    Resolving package dependencies...

    Problem: freetype2-feature-subpixel-hinting-2.4.3-999.subpixel.14.1.x86_64 requires libfreetype6 = 2.4.3-999.subpixel.14.1, but this requirement cannot be provided
    uninstallable providers: libfreetype6-2.4.3-999.subpixel.14.1.x86_64[openSUSE_11.3]
    libfreetype6-2.4.3-999.subpixel.14.1.i586[openSUSE_11.3]
    libfreetype6-2.4.3-999.subpixel.14.1.x86_64[subpixel]
    libfreetype6-2.4.3-999.subpixel.14.1.i586[subpixel]
    Solution 1: install libfreetype6-2.4.3-999.subpixel.14.1.x86_64 (with vendor change)
    openSUSE --> obs://10.8.0.1/subpixel
    Solution 2: do not install freetype2-feature-subpixel-hinting-2.4.3-999.subpixel.14.1.x86_64
    Solution 3: break freetype2-feature-subpixel-hinting by ignoring some of its dependencies

    Choose from above solutions by number or cancel [1/2/3/c] (c):

    I have Subpixel smoothing checked and also slight in my desktop font redering details. Does this mean I have the freetype already installed?

    LoL not sure I want to press 1 or not!

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    Hi
    You need to choose Solution 1, this will pull the version from the subpixel hinting repository (vendor change). When it's done, reboot and use Control Center -> Appearance to check the hinting options.
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    Default Re: Need some font help please.

    Thank you. I pressed 1 and continued as suggested.

    This is not showing up in fire foxthough.



    Makes me think it did not install.

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    Default Re: Need some font help please.

    Quote Originally Posted by Glasairmell
    Thank you. I pressed 1 and continued as suggested.

    This is not showing up in fire foxthough.

    [image: http://opensuse-community.org/images...2-firefox.png]

    Makes me think it did not install.

    Hi
    What happens if you manually add in about:config. Just right-click and
    add new boolean as follows;
    Code:
    font.FreeType2.enable true
    font.FreeType2.autohinted true
    font.FreeType2.printing true
    font.FreeType2.unhinted false
    Then restart firefox, notice a difference?

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    Default Re: Need some font help please.

    Ok added as you said. The big difference was when I added that local.conf I mentioned above. Hard to tell a change now however it does list those fonts now in Firefox.

    Lol openSuse sure does require a lot of tweaking. Guess that is the fun part about it.

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    Default Re: Need some font help please.

    Nope rechecked and changes did not save. Oh well.

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    Default Re: Need some font help please.

    Anyone know how to force apps to use the font settings like spiif17 mentioned?
    you can use "Configure Desktop" ('systemsettings' on the command line) to set up font configurations, like anti-aliasing, and force GTK apps like firefox to use those settings.
    I am in lunuxMint atm and the fonts are so much better in chrome and firefox then in opensuse 11.3.

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