Distributions implementing Infinality out of the box?
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Before getting my hands dirty with rebuilding stuff and diving into font configuration files, I wonder if some Linux distributions (KDE-based and/or Xfce-based) already implement this out of the box. I'd like to give it a quick spin, just to see if it really makes a difference.
Thanks for your suggestions. I fired up the Fuduntu Live DVD in VirtualBox and saw no real difference. So right now I'm installing two identical Slackware 14.0 desktops side by side, one vanilla, the other with Infinality packages, and then I'll see for myself.
I've used Infinality, and for some reason I notice that on some machines it (or an alternative font improvement) is almost necessary, while on others it doesn't make a difference. For instance, I have a netbook running Slackware 14 where the fonts look downright bad without Infinality, but the fonts on my Zenbook running Slackware64-current look perfect out of the box. I haven't tried Infinality on them, but I think if I did, the change would be minimal.
I'm not sure what causes the difference, but it is something to be aware of.
I fiddled around some more with Infinality on different machines running KDE and Xfce, using various styles (Win7, OSX, Ubuntu, etc.) and I must say, I really like it. I guess I'll include it in my MLED and MLWS repos (in fact it's already compiling), with a little Quick-and-Dirty-HOWTO on how to enable it. Rebuilding and uploading Qt will take a little while though. I'll keep you posted.
Kudos to Dimitris Tsagkatakis for the excellent article on his blog, and for all the hard work.
Thanks Niki. I just saw this thread. Btw, Sabayon seems to incorporate the patches as well.
For me, the default font rendering that most distros come with is just-plain-horrible. Those thin, spider-ish letters... Of course, If you fiddle a bit with the settings you can make things somewhat tolerable, but the fonts will still look smudgy IMO. Infinality is not perfect either (sometimes due to limitations of freetype itself) but it's certainly a step up, and good enough for me to just stop worrying about fonts, and get on with my work ;-)
I played around a bit with Infinality, but I didn't incorporate it into my repo, because I have some more experimenting to do with it. The user interface fonts are really improved, but on the other hand, I had some little surprises with web page rendering in Firefox. So I guess I'll play around with it some more and consider it for the 14.1 release.
Yes, I know, I mentioned Sabayon in case someone wants to try out the patches without touching his Slack. If there's anything that I can be of help, let me know. Problems with the patched library can be reported here.
Last edited by kabamaru; 09-14-2013 at 04:53 AM.