Leap 42.2 fonts are small, dense and hurts my eyes PLZ help

hi, just got a chance to install the new leap 42.2, and as usual it’s a very stable high quality software
however, my problem is the new fonts seems to me very small and dense and as i spend most of my time reading text on the computer it really hurts my eyes
i remember before 42.2 was released leap 42.1 got an OPTIONAL update to change the same stupid fonts:

Optional update for desktop-fonts:

  • Roboto prefered for sans and serif and Source Sans Pro for
    monospace [bsc#951898]
  • install google-roboto-fonts instead of dejavu-fonts in -fonts
    pattern, add noto-sans to -fonts_opt pattern [bnc#951898]
    951898 (bugzilla) : fonts are ugly compared to Mint and Ubuntu

it was because of the following bug report: https://bugzilla.opensuse.org/show_bug.cgi?id=951898

i’m using Gnome Version 3.20.2, linux-309z 4.4.27-2-default x86_64,
AMD Athlon™ 7750 Dual-Core Processor × 2
01:05.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] RS780 [Radeon HD 3200] [1002:9610]
Subsystem: Elitegroup Computer Systems Device [1019:1b61]
Kernel driver in use: radeon

IMO what you’re experiencing likely is a natural happening when there is a major upgrade in display drivers… Better display drivers generally support higher default configurations which makes everything seem smaller to display more space.

In general, I don’t recommend Users change the font size, usually the fonts are already sized in relationship to the Desktop objects. So, for instance if you make the fonts very much larger, they won’t fit and will spill over or out of the space they should occupy.

Instead, I recommend that the overall screen resolution be changed.
In Gnome, this generally means rt-clicking in an empty space of your Desktop and selecting “Settings”
Then within Settings, Hardware > Displays
Click on the Display and you should see a screen resolution which you can modify.

If you are bent on changing the Fonts,
From the same Settings you can select the Tweak tool instead of Displays, and you will find a Fonts setting you can modify.


just installed old fonts-config from Leap 42.1 repo:

and i think i see some improvements,

I’ve been using the infinality settings/patch to get better fonds in opensuse for many years.

Here is the repo for 42.1, it is not yet available for 42.2 but still works fine:


For the fonts I use droid-sans, but that is more up to your preference.

AFAIK that’s the worst you can do.

Unlike old CRT monitors, digital displays have fixed resolution. Changing the recommended values will only lead to up/downscaling artifacts, worsening the situation. Try it and you’ll see.

In any modern system, keep the recommended display resolution.

Sounds interesting if true.

So, I just did a bit of Googling and couldn’t find anything to support… well, except for one “HowtoGeek” article which I would totally disregard due to its lack of technical explanation and a patently false assertion.

I wouldn’t argue that there might be artifacts (I haven’t seen any anywhere but won’t dispute the possibility) because that would be entirely dependent on the combination of GPU hardware, drivers and the monitor itself. And there is no doubt that interpolation would be needed to “fill in” the gaps of video data but that happens in many situations, for instance that likely happens if you view an online video in “Full screen” since not all online streaming will fill the screen by default.

If there is an authoritative source which discourages modifying screen resolution for digital displays with a convincing technical explanation, I’d really like to read it. Not saying this isn’t true, only that I can’t find one but that may just be a reflection of my Googling skills…


Well, for me it’s been obvious since I experimented with my first LCD monitor.

For you it would depend on what you consider authoritative enough. Apparently other links you probably saw in your search, like
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Native_resolution (<- not authoritative of course but does get the basics right)
were not convincing enough for you, so why don’t you do your own testing, assuming you have a LCD/LED/digital TV/monitor available?

Changing dot per inch can resolve size without changing font size. Font size (points) are defined fractions of an inch ( 1 point = 1/72 of an inch). By changing dots per inch it changes the number of points that represents one inch. Default is usually 96 dpi

you could try
apply the switch