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Old 06-07-2008, 10:00 PM   #1
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XP Font Rendering, I kinda like it.....

Okay, so I'm weird, but I kinda like the basic font rendering in Windows XP.

I'm running on a Samsung 19" widescreen monitor at 1440x900. I don't use cleartype on Windows, just the bog standard rendering and system fonts. Now my question is, how do I achieve the same in XFCE and Gnome?

Without the aliasing the fonts in both look bloody awful, with lumps and 'blotches' where they aren't needed. Turn on the anti-aliasing and play about with the hinting or sub-pixeling and the results vary from slightly blurry to blurry with a beautiful rainbow effect (but unreadable). To be more accurate the lines of the letters with the AA on are generally too thin and still have irregular lumps protruding from them. Bold effect makes the lines way too thick and letters disappear into a blob.

So how do I get the old style XP, standard bitmappy font rendering on these two desktops? A couple of blogs I have read give some details to copy the Mac rendering and then there is always some comment saying 'XFCE already does this'. Well, if it already does it, why can't I get my fonts to look as smooth as the Mac ones, even after several days of playing around?

Just as another quick one, does any one know how to get the Slackware CLI resolution to fit the 1440x900 without running from an X terminal?

Thanks guys, your input will be greatly appreciated.
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Originally Posted by moonshinerat View Post
Just as another quick one, does any one know how to get the Slackware CLI resolution to fit the 1440x900 without running from an X terminal?
Have a look at the resolution chart here:

try adding vga=866 to the kernel exec line in your bootloader's config, which should give you a 16bit 1440x900 framebuffer console.

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Old 06-12-2008, 11:03 AM   #4
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Can anyone post a framebuffer setting for a 1680x1050 resoultion?


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