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Old 04-22-2018, 03:13 PM   #1
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Infinality


why is it so hard to fix fonts on Debian?
( https://github.com/cmpitg/infinality-debian-package )

ok, those steps are not too complicated, but I'd like a 'official' solution. presumably, 'cruft' would list any unofficial files, for eg.

haven't those Adobe patents expired yet??
 
Old 04-22-2018, 08:47 PM   #2
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Just because I'm curious, exactly what problems have you encountered with fonts in Debian?
 
Old 04-23-2018, 12:33 AM   #3
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^ a fair question.

a word of warning: the developer of infinality has gone AWOL. there's some community continuation, but some aspects of infinality have been integrated into vanilla fontconfig, so it shouldn't be necessary anymore.
what you really need is a few good config files:
A set of instructions on how to fix the harfbuzz + Infinality issue and restoring good-looking, Infinality-like font rendering.
this is written for archlinux i believe but should apply to other distros, too.

tl;dr: it's mostly about having the right fonts installed, and the right font substitutions to go with it.
 
Old 04-23-2018, 12:49 AM   #4
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simply put, they are ugly when you turn off anti-aliasing ( I don't want anti-aliasing ). iirc, it was due to hinting being patented.
the single font that looks almost ok is Liberation.
I've tried fiddling with settings, some utils are fine, but problem is with Chromium and some sites.
using debian stable amd64 and lxde.

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Old 04-23-2018, 03:48 AM   #5
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As stated above, Infinality has gone the way of all flesh in Debian and should not be used.

Use this instead, I think you'll find it ample. It's what I've used for a while now.

https://blog.programster.org/debian-...font-rendering
 
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Old 04-23-2018, 11:24 AM   #6
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they are ugly when you turn off anti-aliasing ( I don't want anti-aliasing).
tastes differ so much!
personally i think every vectorized font (TTF, OTF etc., as opposed to bitmap) looks like cr*p without anti-aliasing, no matter infinality or vanilla fontconfig.

btw, i have a few related articles that might be of interest.

whichever solution you choose, some manual fiddling is usually required.
 
Old 06-20-2018, 08:14 AM   #7
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https://github.com/bohoomil/fontconf...ment-335011880
 
Old 06-20-2018, 01:51 PM   #8
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^ thanks for posting this; it supports what i stated in post #3.
(at least for archlinux, but stretch really shouldn't be too far behind)
 
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...integrated into vanilla fontconfig...
freetype actually, fonconfig is a bit weird
 
  


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