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    [SOLVED] Fonts Firefox 3.5 (Shiretoko) looks strange

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    Hello,

    I installed firefox 3.5 from the repos, and when I launched it I noticed that the fonts and colors doesn't looked like the ones in firefox 3.0.8.

    I suspects that this might have something to do with the addon ubufox.

    Does anyone know how to solve this problem?

    Thanks for your time
    Last edited by helino; April 18th, 2009 at 03:46 PM.

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    Re: Firefox 3.5 looks strange

    Purge and Reinstall it?

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    Re: Firefox 3.5 looks strange

    Quote Originally Posted by helino View Post
    Hello,

    I installed firefox 3.5 from the repos, and when I launched it I noticed that the fonts and colors doesn't looked like the ones in firefox 3.0.8.

    I suspects that this might have something to do with the addon ubufox.

    Does anyone know how to solve this problem?

    Thanks for your time
    Try going to Tools/Addons, then to the Extensions tab, in Firefox. Scroll down to the Ubuntu Firefox Modifications extension and Disable it. Restart Firefox and see how it looks.

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    Re: Firefox 3.5 looks strange

    Thanks for the answer!

    The problem is that in Firefox 3.5 (Shiretoko), the "Ubuntu firefox modifications" addon is listed as "Not compatible".

    I'm guessing that the "Ubuntu firefox modifications" addon is responsible for setting the correct fonts, among other things?

    To clarify the problem:
    In Firefox 3.0.8 everything looks great, and the addon "Ubuntu firefox modifications" is listed as compatible.

    In Shiretoko (codename for Firefox 3.5b4), the interface fonts in the browser, and the fonts used by websites looks ugly. The addon "Ubuntu firefox modifications" is listed as not compatible. I've tried to disable compability checking, but it didn't help

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    Re: Firefox 3.5 looks strange

    Were you able to disable it, and did that solve the problem?

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    Re: Firefox 3.5 looks strange

    Yes, I've managed to disable compability checking, and no, that didn't help

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    Re: Firefox 3.5 looks strange

    Quote Originally Posted by helino View Post
    Yes, I've managed to disable compability checking, and no, that didn't help
    When you say you've managed to disable "compatibility checking", does that mean you are using the Nightly Testers Tool?

    If so, all that will do is stop Firefox from complaining that it isn't compatible and force it to use it. To see if that extension (Ubuntu Firefox Modifications) is the one causing the problem, you should just disable it and restart Firefox.

    If that fixes it, then I'd just uninstall it (or disable it) and wait until they release a compatible one, which probably won't happen until shortly after the official release of Firefox 3.5.

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    Re: Firefox 3.5 looks strange

    Didius: First of all, thanks for helping me out!

    What I think the problem is that the "Ubuntu firefox extensions" is disabled by compability checking. A solution could've been to enable it by using the Nightly Tester Tool, but unfortunately, that didn't work.

    Does anyone else have this problem? Or am I all alone...

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    Exclamation Re: Firefox 3.5 looks strange

    After searching around on the internet, I found this post:

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php...51&postcount=7

    mentioning that:
    firefox-3.5 takes its font hinting orders from fontconfig, instead of gnome's font settings
    The question, how do I change fontconfig to use the same font as my gnome's font settings?

    SOLVED: The following solved the font problem for me:

    Code:
    cd /etc/fonts/
    sudo mv conf.d/10-hinting-slight.conf .
    sudo ln -s conf.avail/10-hinting-slight.conf conf.d/
    sudo mv conf.d/10-hinting.conf .
    sudo ln -s conf.avail/10-hinting.conf conf.d/
    sudo dpkg-reconfigure fontconfig
    Last edited by helino; April 18th, 2009 at 01:55 PM. Reason: Problem found and solved

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    Re: Firefox 3.5 looks strange

    Quote Originally Posted by helino View Post
    SOLVED: The following solved the font problem for me:

    Code:
    cd /etc/fonts/
    sudo mv conf.d/10-hinting-slight.conf .
    sudo ln -s conf.avail/10-hinting-slight.conf conf.d/
    sudo mv conf.d/10-hinting.conf .
    sudo ln -s conf.avail/10-hinting.conf conf.d/
    sudo dpkg-reconfigure fontconfig
    Since the existing hinting files in conf.d are nothing more than soft links to the same filename under ../conf.avail I am assuming that by these commands you are disabling the soft link. I tried the same by renaming the soft link instead of pointing it to elsewhere, as you have done, but the browser still renders the fonts like before.

    Here is a screenshot of Firefox 3.0.11 and Firefox 3.5
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    Last edited by mutew; July 1st, 2009 at 06:24 AM.

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