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Is subpixel font hinting available?

asked 2015-03-15 08:24:27 -0500

holden87 gravatar image

updated 2015-03-15 13:48:32 -0500

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Hi guys,

hope i don't come off to 'generic' in my first post. What I'm wondering is: I see the shift in the Fedora project - mainly I think about the different target group iso images (workstation etc.). What I'm looking for is a stable (not stable as in ages old, but does not crash, as for the little bugs, i'm more than happy to report them ) gnome-centric distro. I need it for the usual stuff - www browsing, office (writing) and music & film watching. Does Fedora fit that shoe, and if yes, which image? Workstation?

What I do like is the relationship between RH and Fedora as both being winners. I don't have much tech expertise, i know how to add repos and fix the most common issues. What I would desperately need is subpixel font hinting.

  • as i understand, the rpmfusion is somewhat of a multimedia repository, sort of opensuse's packman equivalent?

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answered 2015-03-15 08:59:41 -0500

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updated 2015-04-03 08:58:35 -0500

You got it! All you mention above that you are looking for, Fedora has it. It is stable (in your sense) with a few bugs here and there.

You would need the Workstation image, right.

Try it in a virtual machine, or as a live system...

Subpixel font hinting is available:

The command xrdb -query lists your (default) settings. Nice settings (as they are used in Ubuntu) are the following ones:

Xft.dpi: 96
Xft.antialias: 1
Xft.hinting: 1
Xft.hintstyle: hintslight
Xft.rgba: rgb
Xft.lcdfilter: lcddefault

Here is what you do:

1.) For subpixel rendering you need to install freetype-freeworld (sudo dnf install freetype-freeworld) from rpmfusion.

2.) use gnome-tweak-tool to set the hintstyle to slight and anti-aliasing-mode to rGBA.

3.) Activate lcdfilter: Unfortunately, there is no GSettings key for it. You have to create a hidden .Xresource file with the Xft.lcdfilter: lcddefault setting in your home directory. Run echo "Xft.lcdfilter: lcddefault" > ~/.Xresources.

4.) Logoff and logon again, and you will see the changes. Use xrdb -query to display your settings.

Have fun!

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Subpixel font hinting is not available through gnome-tweak, actually. I followed this guide to enable it:

HoboPrimate gravatar imageHoboPrimate ( 2015-03-16 14:17:30 -0500 )edit

@HoboPrimate: Thanks for the link to the instructions!!

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2015-03-16 20:09:12 -0500 )edit

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