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    Default Re: subpixel hinting in freetype2

    There is also a request here https://features.opensuse.org/312673 - hopefully we will get a response. I have linked the two requests together.

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    Default Re: subpixel hinting in freetype2

    One of the best kept secrets, apparently; get perfect text clarity in openSuse by:

    1. Adding "http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/muzlocker/openSUSE_11.4/" to your repo list; call it "Muz_Pix" and, BTW, change "openSUSE_11.4" to whatever version you are using.

    2. Do a Software Management update via Yast, select the Muz repo, and click on "Switch system packages to the versions in this repository", and accept the changes, update.

    3. Change your Anti-aliasing settings in Appearance-Fonts to "enabled", and in the "configure" dialogue make sure sub-pixel rendering is enabled. For "Hinting Style" I use "slight", but this is a matter of personal preference, and also based on monitor and resolution ... experiment at will.

    You won't see full impact unless you have rebooted, I've found.

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    Default Re: subpixel hinting in freetype2

    Quote Originally Posted by sorenson2743
    One of the best kept secrets, apparently; get perfect text clarity in
    openSuse by:

    1. Adding
    "http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/muzlocker/openSUSE_11.4/"
    to your repo list; call it "Muz_Pix" and, BTW, change "openSUSE_11.4" to
    whatever version you are using.

    2. Do a Software Management update via Yast, select the Muz repo, and
    click on "Switch system packages to the versions in this repository",
    and accept the changes, update.

    3. Change your Anti-aliasing settings in Appearance-Fonts to
    "enabled", and in the "configure" dialogue make sure sub-pixel rendering
    is enabled. For "Hinting Style" I use "slight", but this is a matter of
    personal preference, and also based on monitor and resolution ...
    experiment at will.

    You won't see full impact unless you have rebooted, I've found.

    Enjoy.

    Hi
    Better to use the community repository;
    http://repos.opensuse-community.org/subpixel/

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    Thank you for all the information but I'm really surprised that so few users are interest in to take advantage of this feature in a default setup due to the low amount of votes.

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    On Tue, 04 Oct 2011 17:06:02 GMT FurciferPardalis wrote:

    > Thank you for all the information but I'm really surprised that so few
    > users are interest in to take advantage of this feature in a default
    > setup due to the low amount of votes.


    I can only speak for me. I don't use Ubuntu and therefore i don't know
    what is so much better with the fonts instead of your technical
    explanations about it sounds very good.

    And only for the stats: With some changes in /etc/fonts/conf.d i'm
    satisfied with the look of the fonts in opensuse and this makes me
    again hard to vote for something which i have never seen. Perhaps some
    other users have the same problem

    One suggestion about your package: For KDE you suggest full hinting
    style but in /etc/fonts/conf.d you use 10-hinting-slight.conf instead
    of 10-hinting-full.conf. From my view it would be better to have all
    in /etc/fonts/conf.d instead of let the user do the configuration
    because the look out of the box could only be better.

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    Default Re: subpixel hinting in freetype2

    For some reason i have problems with the fonts on some webpages like lifehacker. Looks like Times font or something. Pretty ugly.
    Also in Amarok the wiki windows looks the same ugly font. Not sure if thats an app related issue or something else.
    All other fonts looks very good actually.
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    Default Re: subpixel hinting in freetype2

    Quote Originally Posted by JoergJaeger View Post
    For some reason i have problems with the fonts on some webpages like lifehacker. Looks like Times font or something. Pretty ugly.
    Also in Amarok the wiki windows looks the same ugly font. Not sure if thats an app related issue or something else.
    All other fonts looks very good actually.
    Have you tried changing all your fonts to Droid Sans?
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    Default Re: subpixel hinting in freetype2

    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    Have you tried changing all your fonts to Droid Sans?
    No, but i changed it to DejaVu (wasn't that recommended?). Right now i am not sure what font is best. I installed even the MS fonts (the free ones) but they don't look that much better. At least i think it doesn't.

    It looks ok to me so far.

    I also use the community repo.
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    Default Re: subpixel hinting in freetype2

    I'm pretty sure we will be seeing this added to the next release.
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    Default Re: subpixel hinting in freetype2

    I just tried Dejavu in Firefox 8 and it has improved.
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