Font complaints might actually be a driver problem.

There are a lot of threads with opensuse and people complaining about fonts.

But i’ve had an interesting observation which I thought I should report to you guys.

I also thought at first the “fonts” where a problem because I was having strange eyestrain…
The text actually seems very clear but the “white” areas seem to have a glare that causes a fuzzyness feeling similiar to what was reported on this old thread:

I’m using the standard open source radeon drivers:
/sbin/lspci -nnk | grep VGA -A2
00:01.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Kabini [Radeon HD 8330] [1002:9832]
Subsystem: Biostar Microtech Int’l Corp Device [1565:170a]
Kernel driver in use: radeon

I did install the ati proprietary drivers, which didn’t work well for me since it fixed the refresh rate to 60hz for my crt monitor… so I can’t use the ati proprietary drivers but what I did notice is that the fuzzyness and white glare went away completely and images appeared sharper when I had the proprietary drivers installed.

And then I installed Linux Lite (an ubuntu based distro) - and it also installed the radeon opensource drivers… but the white glare problem was not in that distro at all. I used it for a whole day and never felt eyestrain. I would say I felt the fonts themselves were about equal clearity between both distros but the real problem was a glare specific to opensuse.

I wanted to test my theory again so I then reinstalled opensuse and felt the strain immediatly even with the installer… and then when I loaded the OS up and used it for 15 minutes i’m feeling full eyestrain again that I wasn’t feeling with Linux Lite.

So** i’m wondering if there maybe is some problem with the opensuse open source display drivers **that are causing all the “font” complaints people are talking about at least with some hardware.

I purchased a nvidia card that is on the way, which i’m going to test with both generic drivers and the proprietary to see if the same thing happens.

That’s why intel GPUs rock on Linux in my opinion :slight_smile:

Totally… i’m regretting a bit not going with an intel based board right now with this latest system.
My last desktop had an intel GPU and it worked flawlessly.
Hoping the nvidia card I have on the way works better :).