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    Default subpixel hinting in freetype2

    Hi openSUSE Users and Devs,

    as some of the patents are expired (FreeType and Patents) now I would like to know when full subpixel hinting in freetype2 get enabled so that we have nice font smoothing (like Ubuntu). I'm aware that at the moment someone have to add an additonal repo (SubpixelHinting - openSUSE Community Wiki) to get the same nice font smoothing.

    Any feedback or a plan what we can expect in near future?

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    Default Re: subpixel hinting in freetype2

    Here's what I did in a little experiment.

    I added the repo for my openSUSE version, then opened the software manager, and did a 'Switch system packages to....." on that repo. I have the impression that the fonts are a bit smoother than before....but I did not make any before/after screenshots.

    For the rest of your post: we need far more info to be able to provide proper help on this matter, like openSUSE version, desktop used etc.
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    Cheers Carl. It's exactly what I did, except that I used another repo. This guy's repo btw atm lacks a couple of packages, fontconfig-feature-subpixel-hinting and freetype2-feature-subpixel-hinting, these were also suggested on the link you gave.

    This was a nice day, diving into this matter a bit on a rainy afternoon. Result: improved font display (they were very OK until now, but still) in some apps, amazing difference in others. The packages from the repo I used - Index of /subpixel/ - $OPENSUSE_VERSION/ contain the packages to make the whole thing complete.

    This evening I asked one of the people from the organization I work for if she noticed anything. "Your fonts look a lot better than mine" she replied, so it's not my old eyes.
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    @Knurpht + caf4926: I'm aware of all 3rd party repos which handle this task and I even roll my own packages to get the same subpixel hinting but my question is when get this kind of advanced subpixel hinting enabled as default in openSUSE? Users do this task since a long time - myself is doing this since release 11.3. In terminals (vim) it's not a problem but in case you do some development in Eclipse or check sites in different browsers it's good for someone's eyes if you have to work a lot of hours on big screens.

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    FYI: freetype2-feature-subpixel-hinting
    Is a dummy package, which has been removed from the repo I linked to. Could be confusing.

    It's not enabled by default (FP) because of some licensing issues I guess.
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    Now apparently that licensing issue is solved (because the patents expired). It would be real nice if it were enabled (or whatever patches included) for 12.1...

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    That's the reason why I have posted - maybe SUSE or the openSUSE project can reconsider it's decison concerning full subpixel hinting - something eye candy for the next release :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by FurciferPardalis View Post
    That's the reason why I have posted - maybe SUSE or the openSUSE project can reconsider it's decison concerning full subpixel hinting - something eye candy for the next release :-)
    Advice: post a feature request, see openSUSEpenfate documentation - openSUSE
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knurpht View Post
    Advice: post a feature request, see openSUSEpenfate documentation - openSUSE
    Thank you and already done - https://features.opensuse.org/312817

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