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ens_leader
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2007 2:14 am    Post subject: How do you guys like your fonts? Reply with quote

When you guys go ahead an emerge Xorg, KDE and whatnot.....

Do you do anything special to get the "best" fonts?

The Linux fonts suck right outta the box, so im just curious whehter or not you guys are using truetype ms core fonts etc.

Let me know what you guys do to get the best font rendering experience
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2007 2:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Take a look at

http://gentoo-wiki.com/HOWTO_Xorg_and_Fonts

HTH
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2007 2:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

psdasilva wrote:
Take a look at

http://gentoo-wiki.com/HOWTO_Xorg_and_Fonts

HTH


Thanks... Already read and seen it... I was just taking a poll to see how you guys set up your fonts
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2007 3:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I emerged corefonts, freefonts, ttf-bitstream-vera and sharefonts right after I was done with the Xorg & XFCE4 installation, then I modified my /etc/X11/xorg.conf in order to include the new fonts, and finally, fc-cache -fv command took care the remaining.

As for the rest, I followed the guide from here.
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2007 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use bitstream vera sans for almost everything with full anti-aliasing. I've carefully set my dpi. I'm running two high resolution lcd monitors in twinview and my fonts are absolutely gorgeous.

The only font problem I currently have is the latest freetype upgrade re-borked the fonts on my Cloudy Xine-ui skin.
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2007 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Code:

emerge -C ttf-bitstream-vera
emerge dejavu

Dejavu fonts are better bitstream-vera fonts and they're still evolving towards full utf8 fonts.
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2007 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I didn't have the nerve to remove my Bitstream fonts but I did switch over entirely to DejaVu. I didn't think it was possible but they do look the same or better. And I thought Bitstream was as good as it got. Thanks!
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PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2007 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

IMHO the best way to go is to install as many fonts as possible, and then use Tahoma/Segoe UI for most applications. Oh, and the Calibri/Candara/etc. for OpenOffice.

Other than that, I would recommend installing the xeffects overlay and re-building cairo/libXft with the "newspr" USE flag.
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2007 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I install the webcore fonts first. They're basically the same as corefonts
but they also come with Tahoma. I could just install the fonts from my Win XP
cd but I like using ebuilds because it's cleaner.

webcore-fonts-2.0.ebuild:
Code:

# Copyright 1999-2006 Gentoo Foundation
# Distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License v2
# $Header: $

inherit font

DESCRIPTION="The Webcore Fonts Package"
HOMEPAGE="http://avi.alkalay.net/software/webcore-fonts/"
SRC_URI="http://avi.alkalay.net/software/webcore-fonts/webcore-fonts-2.0.tar.gz"

LICENSE="MSttfEULA"
SLOT="0"
KEYWORDS="alpha amd64 arm hppa ia64 mips ppc ppc64 s390 sh sparc x86 ~x86-fbsd"

DEPEND=""
RDEPEND=""

S=${WORKDIR}/${PN}
FONT_S=${S}/fonts
FONT_SUFFIX="ttf"


Then I see to that X uses the proper DPI value using DisplaySize in xorg.conf. For CRT
monitors I also search for a resolution that yields a dpi value around 96dpi.

Afterwards I setup a fonts.conf file that makes freetype antialias fonts <7px and >12px and
every font that's italic, bold or oblique. I copy the fonts.conf to ~/.fonts.conf and
/etc/fonts/local.conf. I change the sub pixel hinting for CRT monitors to 'none' (in the
'rgba' section).

fonts.conf:
Code:

?xml version="1.0"?>
<!DOCTYPE fontconfig SYSTEM "fonts.dtd">
<fontconfig>
 <match target="font" >
  <edit mode="assign" name="rgba" >
   <const>rgb</const>
  </edit>
 </match>
 <match target="font" >
  <edit mode="assign" name="hinting" >
   <bool>true</bool>
  </edit>
 </match>
 <match target="font" >
  <edit mode="assign" name="hintstyle" >
   <const>hintfull</const>
  </edit>
 </match>
 <match target="font" >
  <edit mode="assign" name="antialias" >
   <bool>true</bool>
  </edit>
 </match>
 <match target="font" >
  <test compare="more_eq" name="size" qual="any" >
   <double>7</double>
  </test>
  <test compare="less_eq" name="size" qual="any" >
   <double>12</double>
  </test>
  <test compare="not_eq" name="slant" qual="any" >
   <const>italic</const>
  </test>
  <test compare="not_eq" name="slant" qual="any" >
   <const>oblique</const>
  </test>
  <test compare="not_eq" name="weight" qual="any" >
   <const>bold</const>
  </test>
  <edit mode="assign" name="antialias" >
   <bool>false</bool>
  </edit>
 </match>
 <match target="font" >
  <test compare="more_eq" name="pixelsize" qual="any" >
   <double>10</double>
  </test>
  <test compare="less_eq" name="pixelsize" qual="any" >
   <double>16</double>
  </test>
  <test compare="not_eq" name="slant" qual="any" >
   <const>italic</const>
  </test>
  <test compare="not_eq" name="slant" qual="any" >
   <const>oblique</const>
  </test>
  <test compare="not_eq" name="weight" qual="any" >
   <const>bold</const>
  </test>
  <edit mode="assign" name="antialias" >
   <bool>false</bool>
  </edit>
 </match>
</fontconfig>


Finally I setup my DE/WM to use Tahoma and Courier New (fixed width). My
webbrowser uses Courier New for fixed width as well, Times New Roman as
serif and everything else is set to Verdana.

I think this gives a very clean look. In my opinion antialiasing every font
(enabling ClearType in Windows has the same effect) looks very unpleasant.

Regards
mic
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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2007 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Btw, does anyone know how to make Gnome obey the local ~/.fonts.conf file?
I'm a KDE guy but when I'm setting up Gnome I always end up with ugly fonts.
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