View Full Version : [kubuntu] KDE Fonts -- Looking Weak

November 3rd, 2009, 05:23 PM
Long time user of the Gnome desktop here. With KDE 4.3's new ability to have different icons/wallpaper per desktop, I thought I'd give it a try. So far I really like KDE, except that the font rendering is really awful. I don't know if this is because I have both the KDE and Gnome desktop's installed.

I enabled anti-aliasing and bumped up the default font sizes, but still they look thin and weak and hard to read. Does everyone on KDE use the DejaVu fonts or is there something better? Or another setting I missed?

Thanks for any help, I'd love to stick with KDE, but as it is, it's giving me a headache (for real)....

November 3rd, 2009, 10:11 PM
There are some advanced settings for configuring the anti-aliasing, like subpixel rendering. Did you try those? If you go to System Settings > Appearance > Fonts and choose a specific DPI, then you can click "Configure" to tweak the settings.

Personally, I think the Liberation fonts look good on KDE:
sudo apt-get install ttf-liberation

November 4th, 2009, 02:22 AM
Thanks -- I found the liberation fonts nice too...though in Karmic I didn't need to install anything.

After a TON of playing around I found that I can get DejaVu to look semi-decent at 10pt size with anti-aliasing, RGB subpixel rendering, and "slight" hinting.

I say "semi-decent" because when I log out of KDE and log into Gnome, my brain just goes "aaahhhhhhhhh". Which is too bad, because I am LOVING these plasma widgets, etc.

August 11th, 2010, 04:49 AM
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August 11th, 2010, 01:42 PM
try this,

rename in /etc/fonts/conf.d (as root)


to filename.conf to e.g filename.bak

for me fonts of kde apps in gnome, including google earth become much better after renaming these files. Let me know if it helps,

Otto Meijer