Mozilla 1.2 Beta Released
Wednesday October 16th, 2002
Mozilla 1.2 Beta is here! With this latest release come new features like link prefetching, viewing toolbars as text/images/both, GTK theme for Linux Mozilla (when in the classic theme), filter after the fact and filter logging in Mozilla Mail, bookmark groups as start page, and much, much more. Along with the new features come many stability and performance improvements and new code for yet to be enabled features like XFT font support. Check out the Release Notes for more details and a list of known issues. As usual, builds are available from mozilla.org's web site or FTP server.
#42 GTK, Xft, and antialiasing
Thursday October 17th, 2002 12:35 PM
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First, Mozilla already uses GTK+. You probably heard about the port to GTK+ 2.0, which is currently in progress. <http://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=92033>
This is a separate issue from antialiasing. Mozilla 1.2 beta includes new support for handling fonts with Xft2 for better font configuration and redering. This is not enabled in the default builds because Xft is not yet commonly available (RedHat 8.0 is one of the first distributions to ship it).
Mozilla has had support for antialiasing on X11 for a while now, using the Freetype library. <http://ufies.org/archives/cat_mozilla.html> However, the new fontconfig/Xft code will provide better configuration and will not require any special X server extensions.