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  1. #1
    swamp yankee NNTP User

    Default sub-pixel rendering for one user but not another?


    Hello all,

    I'm trying to migrate my wife over to linux and have set up an account
    for her on my openSUSE 11.0 install. Everything is going smoothly with
    the exception that I can't get the sub-pixel rendering enabled on HER
    account. It is enabled on mine, and the fonts look great. Without
    sub-pixel rendering, the fonts look terrible on our LCD monitor.

    I have searched the forum and reviewed several threads on font settings
    and enabling sub-pixel rendering, but unless I'm missing something
    (quite possible) I don't think they apply, here. I can't figure out why
    this option is grayed-out for her. The only difference in permissions
    between the two accounts is that mine includes the DISK group, but I'm
    not clear why that would be necessary for the font settings. Any help
    would be greatly appreciated! I want as smooth a transition for her as
    possible, and appearance is very important.

    Thanks,

    Swamp Yankee

    PS This is my 1st foray into multiple user accounts on the same
    install, so I am not 100% on which settings are system-wide and which
    are account-specific. I apologize if there is an obvious answer that I
    missed in my searches.


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  2. #2
    JosipBroz NNTP User

    Default Re: sub-pixel rendering for one user but not another?


    This may be a far shot, but the only thing that comes to mind is file
    permissions. Have you perchance compiled the cleartype library for your
    account only or placed it somewhere in your /home? Or maybe, it's
    located where it should be, but its file permissions are wrong? That
    would explain the behaviour you're describing.


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  3. #3
    swamp yankee NNTP User

    Default Re: sub-pixel rendering for one user but not another?


    Josip,

    Thanks for the suggestion. I don't recall compiling anything to get the
    sub-pixel rendering enabled for my account, but its been a while since I
    set everything up. Is there a simple way to determine the location of
    the cleartype library to help me resolve this?

    Swamp Yankee


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    swamp yankee NNTP User

    Default Re: sub-pixel rendering for one user but not another?


    I installed the patched freetype2 rpm from here:
    'SubpixelHinting - openSUSE-Community'
    (http://opensuse-community.org/SubpixelHinting)

    This enabled the "sub-pixel rendering" options under: desktop settings
    > appearance > fonts - these options had been grayed-out in my wife's

    account previously.

    However, changes to these settings do not appear to have any effect on
    the font rendering. If I toggle between the two accounts, the difference
    is stark, even with identical font settings. This includes menu items,
    window titles, etc. not just firefox & openoffice, which I understand
    render fonts differently.


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    JosipBroz NNTP User

    Default Re: sub-pixel rendering for one user but not another?


    I'm afraid I can't help you there. I thought you couldn't enable font
    smoothing at all -- now I understand you can (it's not greyed-out), it
    just doesn't have any effect. Try double-checking if other font settings
    (which fonts, what sizes etc.) match in both accounts. There may be
    other settings interfering. Maybe if you create a temporary dummy
    account and try enabling font smoothing there, it can help you
    troubleshoot the thing. Depends also on what desktop environment you're
    using -- KDE (3.x or 4.x) or Gnome.


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    felipe1982 NNTP User

    Default Re: sub-pixel rendering for one user but not another?


    swamp_yankee;1909408 Wrote:
    > Hello all,
    >
    > I'm trying to migrate my wife over to linux and have set up an account
    > for her on my openSUSE 11.0 install. Everything is going smoothly with
    > the exception that I can't get the sub-pixel rendering enabled on HER
    > account. It is enabled on mine, and the fonts look great. Without
    > sub-pixel rendering, the fonts look terrible on our LCD monitor.
    >
    > I have searched the forum and reviewed several threads on font settings
    > and enabling sub-pixel rendering, but unless I'm missing something
    > (quite possible) I don't think they apply, here. I can't figure out why
    > this option is grayed-out for her. The only difference in permissions
    > between the two accounts is that mine includes the DISK group, but I'm
    > not clear why that would be necessary for the font settings. Any help
    > would be greatly appreciated! I want as smooth a transition for her as
    > possible, and appearance is very important.
    >
    > Thanks,
    >
    > Swamp Yankee
    >
    > PS This is my 1st foray into multiple user accounts on the same
    > install, so I am not 100% on which settings are system-wide and which
    > are account-specific. I apologize if there is an obvious answer that I
    > missed in my searches.

    Try looking into "ls ~/.*font*" AFAIK those files have to do with font
    configuration in your user account. you can backup your wife's files,
    and then copy yours (.*font*) to her ~/wife directory.

    I'm not sure about all this, just giving a suggestions! YMMV. No
    warranty, blah blah =)


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  7. #7
    swamp yankee NNTP User

    Default Re: sub-pixel rendering for one user but not another?


    Following the suggestions above, I replaced my wife's ~/.fontconfig
    contents with the files from my accounts ~/.fontconfig.

    Finally, everything looks good. Perhaps I missed some basic
    configuration settings between the two accounts, even though I went
    through them numerous times. I was running parallel sessions for the two
    accounts and was switching back and forth, and I thought I had
    everything matched. Oh well, It is working well now, and that was my
    main goal.

    Thanks again for your help!

    Appreciative,

    Swamp Yankee


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