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    Font rendering in xfce

    Hi, I'm trying Xubuntu 12.04 beta 2, it is not bad, but I don't like the font rendering.
    In ubuntu 10.10 the fonts looks great! How can i use the gnome/ubuntu font rendering in Xubuntu?

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    Re: Font rendering in xfce

    I have been putting serious work into making Xubuntu 12.04 look exactly like Ubuntu Classic. I'll give you just the font changes that I made since you aren't looking for the complete overhaul I did.

    Settings --> Settings Manager --> Appearance --> Font Tab
    *Change default font to Ubuntu 11
    *Enable anti-aliasing
    *I prefer 96 DPI. (You may prefer something different.)


    Settings --> Settings Manager --> Window Manager --> Style Tab
    *Change title font to Ubuntu Bold 11


    I hope this helps. Enjoy!

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    Re: Font rendering in xfce

    I have already tried those step, but the font looks different! It looks "wider" in xfce..

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    Re: Font rendering in xfce

    You can try enabling hinting. I don't really like it, but it does seem to make them skinnier.

    (@school atm so can't check, but I think hinting is the right option)

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    Re: Font rendering in xfce

    i have tried everything, I think I need to patch libcairo2 or something like this..

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    Re: Font rendering in xfce

    Quote Originally Posted by tivatranquio View Post
    I tried this, but the font rendering still looks washed out in Xubuntu 12.04. Pretty bad compared to Unity, and this is a fresh install of Xubuntu, not the "desktop" on top of Unity. I don't get it.
    Linux: You reap what you tweak.

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    Re: Font rendering in xfce

    Well... I've solved part of it by copying over the contents of the etc/fonts/* directory from an 11.04 Xubuntu install on a separate partition. However, font rendering remains in serious need of font smoothing. Any ideas? Anti-aliasing only gets me half-way there.

    Also, I installed the Unity desktop via terminal, as a hail-mary, but the option to start up unity doesn't appear in the Xubuntu "greeter" - is it GDM now? What's up with that? How do I fix it?
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    Re: Font rendering in xfce

    Quote Originally Posted by VTPoet View Post
    Also, I installed the Unity desktop via terminal, as a hail-mary, but the option to start up unity doesn't appear in the Xubuntu "greeter" - is it GDM now? What's up with that? How do I fix it?
    Xubuntu uses lightdm now as well. You need to have a desktop file in /usr/share/xsessions for an option to appear at login. According to my ubuntu precise install in virtualbox, there is an ubuntu.desktop file there with the following contents:
    Code:
    [Desktop Entry]
    Name=Ubuntu
    Comment=This session logs you into Ubuntu
    Exec=gnome-session --session=ubuntu
    TryExec=unity
    Icon=
    Type=Application
    X-Ubuntu-Gettext-Domain=gnome-session-3.0
    Try creating that file and restarting lightdm to see if it shows up.

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    Re: Font rendering in xfce

    Quote Originally Posted by VTPoet View Post
    Well... I've solved part of it by copying over the contents of the etc/fonts/* directory from an 11.04 Xubuntu install on a separate partition.
    Maybe someone running Ubuntu 12.04 could archive and upload their /etc/fonts folder to the net for others to inspect/copy.

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