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samac 04-30-2011 12:44 AM

Do you like the look of the fonts in 13.37 ?
 
A nice simple YES / NO / OFNAP (Oh! **** not another poll) poll about the font rendering in the latest and, in my not so humble opinion, the greatest release of Slackware.

I just changed my fonts back to the old method using the information found in http://slackware.osuosl.org/slackwar..._AND_HINTS.TXT, and from the number of threads about this subject I'm probably not the only one.

samac

kkady32 04-30-2011 12:47 AM

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Originally Posted by samac (Post 4341600)
A nice simple YES / NO / OFNAP (Oh! **** not another poll) poll about the font rendering in the latest and, in my not so humble opinion, the greatest release of Slackware.

yes

tommcd 04-30-2011 01:32 AM

For what it's worth, I have never had a problem with fonts on any linux distro I have ever used.
Since I have been using linux, the fonts on Windows XP look really crappy to me by comparison. I don't know why that is. I have never had to do anything special with fonts on linux. They always just look fine to me.

H_TeXMeX_H 04-30-2011 03:29 AM

As long as they're readable they're alright. They're different from previous versions (because of freetype), but they look ok to me.

GazL 04-30-2011 04:21 AM

I'd forgotten all about this. When the change first hit current I was horrified by the new font rendering, but after adding 10-autohints and getting used to the slight differences that still remained I'd consider it "ok".

I'm still not convinced it looks as good as the old rendering, but that's probably getting into the territory of individual preference. I also suspect that the physical characteristics of the monitor being used also play a factor. Default Vista font settings don't look too great on my screen either.

Ilgar 04-30-2011 04:39 AM

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Originally Posted by tommcd (Post 4341631)
For what it's worth, I have never had a problem with fonts on any linux distro I have ever used.
Since I have been using linux, the fonts on Windows XP look really crappy to me by comparison.

I agree with that (the XP part). Still, I voted no because, even though the new look wasn't too bad, the old one was much smoother to my eyes. This might look surprising since the patented, "precious" code might be thought to be "better", but from what I've read it seems that the patented code is more suitable for commercial fonts, whereas the alternative code is better for the free fonts. This may explain the situation.

imitheos 04-30-2011 04:54 AM

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Originally Posted by GazL (Post 4341735)
I'd forgotten all about this. When the change first hit current I was horrified by the new font rendering, but after adding 10-autohints and getting used to the slight differences that still remained I'd consider it "ok".

Yeah me too. When i upgraded at that time and started firefox, i said omg what is this, but adding 10-autohint fixed it. I don't understand why the rendering was horrible though. This super-duper bytecode interpreter supposedly was so good that they patented it. Shouldn't it make rendering better ?

Edit: Oops, Ilgar got to it first :)

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Originally Posted by Ilgar (Post 4341751)
from what I've read it seems that the patented code is more suitable for commercial fonts, whereas the alternative code is better for the free fonts. This may explain the situation.

Nice, article. The "does not work well (or at all) for non-Western text that requires a different approach to hinting." fact is weird though. When i enabled autohint i had better Greek rendering (unless "non-Western" is referring to Chinese/Japanese fonts)

dive 04-30-2011 05:07 AM

I voted no and used the reversion trick. The problem was that system fonts looked smaller and pixelated, but using that trick now fonts on some web pages in chromium are a lot larger than they used to be.

*Edit: having tried both settings I prefer how web pages are rendered with autohinting off. I'm not sure why it should change the size of fonts..

cwizardone 04-30-2011 06:15 AM

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Do you like the look of the fonts in 13.37
In KDE a big, NO.

In Xfce, yes, but the fonts have always looked better in Xfce, IMHO. By "always," I mean in Xfce versions 4.6.1/2 and 4.8, running in Slackware64, 13.1, current, and 13.37.

chrisretusn 04-30-2011 07:08 AM

I'm OK with the fonts.

blue_k 04-30-2011 07:09 AM

Yes, I like them.

Breeze 04-30-2011 07:31 AM

I change to 13.1 fonts.

bgeddy 04-30-2011 07:45 AM

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In KDE a big, NO.
I've got to agree with this. Before I read C+H hints I thought I'd either have to permanently use XFCE or switch back to 13.1 as the fonts in KDE were so bad. They actually strained my eyes in certain applications and where effectively unusable. The hint in C+H has put everything back to normal. I think some people must have a very different set up than me because if everyone had the same look to their fonts as I had then no one would vote YES!

Alien Bob 04-30-2011 08:41 AM

Spam reported to the moderators.

Eric

Breeze 04-30-2011 09:07 AM

In Xfce,I don't like it.


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