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    HOW TO: Improve Ubuntu font rendering.

    http://tux.fau.edu/index.php/topic,93.0.html

    "This patch (shell script) will improve Ubuntu 7.04 font rendering. It works pretty well in my opinion. I always thought Ubuntu font's look great but this adds to the beauty (imo). It enchants the current fonts with subpixel rendering and vertical anti-aliasing. It also adds Red Hat's "Liberation" font set, a very nice Microsoft-compatible font set that I am sure you will enjoy."

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    Re: HOW TO: Improve Ubuntu font rendering.

    Screenshot below
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    Last edited by frodon; August 2nd, 2007 at 10:08 PM. Reason: thumbnail

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    Re: HOW TO: Improve Ubuntu font rendering.

    In order to prevent people from having to change forums to get the patch, here it is for your perusal.
    Code:
    #! /bin/bash
    ## Ubuntu Font Improver Patch
    ## by emet of FAU LUG (http://tux.fau.edu)
    
    ## Add special repository to apt sources list
    echo "################################" >> /etc/apt/sources.list
    echo "# Ubuntu Font Improvement Patch" >> /etc/apt/sources.list
    echo "deb http://www.telemail.fi/mlind/ubuntu feisty fonts" >> /etc/apt/sources.list
    echo "deb-src http://www.telemail.fi/mlind/ubuntu feisty fonts" >> /etc/apt/sources.list
    echo "################################" >> /etc/apt/sources.list
    
    ## Get the GPG key for the repository
    wget http://www.telemail.fi/mlind/ubuntu/937215FF.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add -
    
    ## Update the APT database
    apt-get update
    
    ## Install the needed packages
    apt-get -y install libfreetype6 libcairo2 libxft2
    
    ## Now add Red Hat Liberation Fonts
    
    ## Download the fonts from Red Hat
    wget https://www.redhat.com/f/fonts/liberation-fonts-ttf-3.tar.gz
    
    ## Extract the package
    tar -xvf liberation-fonts-ttf-3.tar.gz
    
    ## Copy the fonts to the proper directory
    cp -r liberation-fonts-0.2 /usr/share/fonts/truetype/
    
    ## Delete temporary files
    rm -r liberation-fonts-0.2/ liberation-fonts-ttf-3.tar.gz
    
    ## Rebuilt the font cache
    fc-cache
    
    ## Display confirmation
    clear
    echo "Ubuntu font improvement successfully installed!"
    echo "Font rendering improved with subpixel and vertical anti-aliasing."
    echo "Also installed new Red Hat \"Liberation\" font set. Very sexy fonts!"
    echo "You must either restart your computer or restart the X Display to see the changes."
    echo "Visit http://tux.fau.edu/ for more tips and cool stuff."
    Please note that this adds an extra third party repository to your /etc/apt/sources.lst. You should only do that if you trust the creator of the repository...

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    Re: HOW TO: Improve Ubuntu font rendering.

    Thanks for that. Very nice
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    Re: HOW TO: Improve Ubuntu font rendering.

    Thanks. They may look a little weird when you first load but after an hour or so you'll wonder how you used Ubuntu without this.

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    Re: HOW TO: Improve Ubuntu font rendering.

    I was about to create a thread about this, but I may as well ask in this one...

    What's all that fuss about Ubuntu's (supposedly) defficient font rendering?

    Personnaly I find it way superior to MSFT's "ClearType" (which should be more adequately dubbed "BlurType" IMO).

    There are only two things I can think of that would explain that my point of view is different from most other Ubuntu users:

    - I'm one of the few using KDE... maybe the font rendering engine is better that GNOME's?
    - (most plausible solution) I'm one of the few still using a CRT monitor.


    Would anyone care to enligthen me on this one please? (I really wonder...)
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    Re: HOW TO: Improve Ubuntu font rendering.

    I've found that KDE renders fonts much better than Gnome. I have a computer running Gnome, and found that the font rendering isn't that good. But that's a CRT. I have another running Xfce, which didn't look too good, until I used a nice patch out of the AUR for better font rendering (I'm running Arch )
    Current distro: Kubuntu 11.04 + KXStudio

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    Re: HOW TO: Improve Ubuntu font rendering.

    I already had the "subpixel font rendering" patched....however the Liberation font was really nice. Very clean, simpel and clear..really liked it.....thnx a bunch
    Last edited by mrazster; August 3rd, 2007 at 12:09 AM.
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    Re: HOW TO: Improve Ubuntu font rendering.

    This patch is excellent, thanks. KDE does have far superior font rendering to Gnome in my experience but this pretty much levels it out.

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    Re: HOW TO: Improve Ubuntu font rendering.

    Could anyone post a before and after picture? Because I'm looking at the screenshot and comparing it to my desktop and I really can't tell a difference.. (all I did was install the MS fonts)
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