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Old 05-07-2014, 05:55 PM   #1
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Any Current Ports of Ubuntu Font Patches Available?


I used Slackware in Ye Olden Days and then moved on to other destinations, mostly Fedora and Ubuntu. I'm currently using Mate 1.8 built on an install from Ubuntu 14.04's mini.iso because the font rendering is the best in class.

Thinking about returning to Slackware *if* I can duplicate current Ubuntu font rendering.

I suppose I could apply Ubuntu's patches and build freetype, fontconfig and cairo for myself. I've done that re: Debian.

Sure would be easier, though, if someone else had already done it. Or, if I could find a slackbuild to get it done. The patches and a PkgBuild script are available at the Arch AUR. Converting that to a slackbuild ought not to be terribly difficult. But, since I've been out of the water for some time, I'm hoping there's an easy way out there waiting to be downloaded.

I know about and have used Infinality and assorted other tweaks. I prefer the current Ubuntu look.
 
Old 05-07-2014, 06:23 PM   #2
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No, there isn't currently anyone doing that.
 
Old 05-08-2014, 04:24 AM   #3
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I can't help thinking that anyone who actually likes the Ubuntu look&feel would ever be happy running Slackware. And, vice-verse .. ?

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Old 05-08-2014, 05:37 AM   #4
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Thinking about returning to Slackware *if* I can duplicate current Ubuntu font rendering.

I suppose I could apply Ubuntu's patches and build freetype, fontconfig and cairo for myself.
Slackware provides vanilla packages. Question is: Why aren't these patches going upstream?
 
Old 05-08-2014, 07:25 AM   #5
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I can't help thinking that anyone who actually likes the Ubuntu look&feel would ever be happy running Slackware. And, vice-verse .. ?
The "Ubuntu look&feel" is not at all the same thing as fonts rendered in a pleasing way. While much is down to taste, eyesight, hardware, lighting conditions, and on and on, one thing I've learned in 15 years of using Linux is what I like to see on screen.

I used Slackware for several years, moving on around release 10 or so. I've thought about doing a new install *if* I can replicate the font rendering style I'm looking at right now. If I can't do that, the install would be pointless. I wouldn't keep it.

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Old 05-08-2014, 07:41 AM   #6
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...Question is: Why aren't these patches going upstream?
For some, especially U.S-based efforts, continuing concern about potential legal liabilities influences their decisions.

The actual patches, as well as the patched freetype2, cairo and fontconfig, are easily found at packages.ubuntu.com, and on Launchpad, I believe. They're also on Arch's AUR, with a pkgbuild for each.

While I find Infinality a dramatic improvement over the vanilla look, it hasn't been updated for a year now. I prefer Ubuntu's *current* rendering to Infinality's. I wouldn't have said that a year or so ago.
 
Old 05-08-2014, 09:43 AM   #7
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Well, joncr, you've identified a need that the community isn't meeting. Please start up an Ubuntu Font Packages for Slackware project.
 
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Well, joncr, you've identified a need that the community isn't meeting. Please start up an Ubuntu Font Packages for Slackware project.
Well, I wouldn't call it a "need" so much as just my own preference and looking for an easy way to get it.

Before I'd try to patch the Slackware packages, I'd need to convince myself to wipe my current machine, install Slackware (no dualbooting) and have a good chance for success. I'll see.

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Old 05-08-2014, 12:28 PM   #9
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Grab the original SlackBuild, edit it to apply the new patches and profit I guess
 
Old 05-08-2014, 04:08 PM   #10
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you can make slack look even better than ubuntu

Quick set up:
I prefer to use Xfce. Run xmwconfig and choose Xfce.
Download Faenza-Xfce icons.
Download Droid Serif 11 font and use it as default font, Enable anti-alising and DPI 96, and play with the settings.
Window Manager settings: choose aqua theme, title font Droid Serif Bold 10
...
Set up the appearance of terminal: Edit / Preferences
under general tab: disable scrollbar, scrollback 1000
appearance tab: font DejaVu Sans Mono Book 12 , enable anti-aliasing and allow bold text
colors tab: text color: white, background #2C001E, cursor color: white,
palette: first row from left to right: #000000 #FF0029 #02C002 #AA5500 #0D0DFF #AA00AA #00CECE #D6D6D6
second row: #555555 #FF4E4E #55FF55 #FFFF55 #5555FF #FF55FF #55FFFF #D9B1B1
In your home directory run your preferred text
editor and create a file .bashrc to see pretty colors in bash ex: vim .bashrc
And write a line: alias ls='ls --color=auto'
And if you want blinking cursor edit vim .config/Terminal/terminalrc
find the line and set it to TRUE: MiscCursorBlinks=TRUE
 
Old 05-08-2014, 05:33 PM   #11
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Not sure if this is what you are looking for... but sounds like it:

http://slackbuilds.org/repository/14...?search=ubuntu
 
Old 05-08-2014, 05:41 PM   #12
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Not sure if this is what you are looking for... but sounds like it:

http://slackbuilds.org/repository/14...?search=ubuntu
No, that's a font.

He wants Freetype, Fontconfig, Cairo, etc patched with the patches that Ubuntu patches them with, for better font rendering.

Like this, only with Ubuntu patches and not Infinality patches.

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ml#post5080269
 
Old 05-08-2014, 06:06 PM   #13
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I'm not sure Ubuntu does anything special here. I've got a fresh 14.1 install with a rebuilt freetype, only editing the slackbuild to enable the patented code and some other stuff: symlinked 10-sub-pixel-rgb.conf, 11-lcdfilter-default.conf to /etc/fonts/conf.d/, a copy of .Xdefaults and /etc/fonts/local.conf from http://duganchen.ca/writings/slackware/fonts/.

Flipping back and forth between Slack and Ubuntu, I can't tell the difference besides my lack of Ubuntu fonts.

FYI, I don't have the MS fonts installed on either.
 
  


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