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Old 06-03-2003, 10:52 PM   #1
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Updated mozilla, now fonts look different


Redhat 9 comes with a fairly old version of Mozilla installed (1.2, I think it was). However, it looked beautiful. Crystal clear screen fonts that just floored me.

But not being content to leave well enough alone, I wanted to upgrade. I downloaded a recent mozilla build. The mozilla site warned me not to upgrade over an old install. So I used the add/remove program widget that comes in RH 9, and nuked mozilla.

Then I installed the new version, into /usr/local/mozilla (I think the original was in /usr/bin).

So this build works fine, but it just looks like the ordinary mozilla I've come to know and not hate. Small fonts get garbled and nothing really sparkles.

So I guess my question boils down to this: is the Mozilla that ships as part of the Red Hat distro somehow customized to look better under the bluecurve desktop? Or am I missing a setting somewhere? I tried mucking with the font settings under mozilla's preferences, and while that did change things, it didn't really make it any better.

I'd really love to get that easy-on-the-eyes look of the packed-in mozilla with the more up to date build. Any suggestions?

thanks as always!
 
Old 06-03-2003, 11:43 PM   #2
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If this helps any at all, I know what you mean and if you look under edit-preferences-appearance-fonts:

fonts for: western
serif size:16
adobe times-iso8859-1
adobe helvertica-iso8859-1
adobe courier
adobe courier
adobe courier 12
minimum font size: none

allow docs to use other fonts checked off

display resolution: system setting

that is what mine is set at and I get that really nice clear appearance that I think you are looking for.

hope that helps.
 
Old 06-04-2003, 08:04 AM   #3
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Thanks, I'll give those settings a try.

Much appreciate the help!
 
Old 06-04-2003, 02:43 PM   #4
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Thats because Anti-Aliasing isnt built into Mozilla by default.

You have to compile mozilla yourself from source, with XFT enabled. Its a little bit of a pain, but its not too bad.
 
Old 06-04-2003, 03:31 PM   #5
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Ah, no anti-aliasing. Of course, that makes perfect sense (now that you said it). Compiling it from source sounds like an adventure...I'll try it.

Thank you!
 
Old 06-04-2003, 04:49 PM   #6
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Since you are using Redhat 9, there might be a package available with XFT enabled.

Try APT, or freshrpms.net
 
Old 06-05-2003, 04:19 PM   #7
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Well, I d/led the source and built mozilla with XFT enabled and it works, and looks great! Thanks!

However...clueless newbie that I am, I'm not sure how to, or if I can, move it to somewhere other than where I built it. I put the source tarball in an installs directory so now the executable is in
~/installs/mozilla/dist/bin

Is there an elegant way to move it?
 
  


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