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Ditch Deja Vu Sans Condensed, use Liberation Sans, and be happy

Posted 03-09-2013 at 06:01 PM by the dsc
Updated 03-09-2013 at 06:02 PM by the dsc (gruesome spelling mistake)

I used to like the condensed variant of Deja Vu, which is the default font (in the regular variation) for many linux distributions/DEs I guess. I've always disliked the regular variant, I find it too wide, while the condensed is very nice to look at. It's quite a hassle to actually use it everywhere though, either the font is buggy, or the apps that read it are buggy. I think it's the former as other fonts with two "nested subtypes/variants" work (such as liberation). The GUI settings editors won't be able to set it, picking either "book" or "semi-condensed" variants instead, if at all.

In some cases (KDE, and perhaps GTK3 or GTK2 (not both)), you can edit the config files manually and have it working. Which is OK if you only use mostly KDE, but if you use a little bit of everything and wants to make it all look reasonably homogeneous, both in theming, fonts, and font antialiasing/hinting, it may be quite troublesome, as the GUI settings editors will tend to change things you didn't want to change, so you go on one by one fixing everything, but at each time it's breaking some other config you had previously set, sometimes not immediately obvious as running instances will remain running with the previous/correct settings sometimes, and sometimes (depending on the settings editor and/or widget set) it will immediately "reset" the theme/font settings even on running instances.

Liberation sans is a very acceptable replacement. It's already narrow enough in its regular variant, the narrow variant is a bit too narrow. Every GUI settings editor will understand it, every widget set will accept it, and so then there's one thing less to manually fix on the config files.
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