Xft Antialiased Font Support Now Available in Linux

Saturday October 19th, 2002

Trevor writes: "As I learned from comments posted to a recent Slashdot article, antialiasing is finally available for Linux builds. There are also binary RPMs compiled for Red Hat Linux 8.0.

"I've installed the RPMs on my RH8 system, and pages look simply beautiful now. Even the browser menus and widgets are antialiased. I've put up a screen shot here:"

More experimental Xft builds are available from Xft support is not currently enabled in the default Linux builds.

#27 Re: Re: Difficult

by GregV

Monday October 21st, 2002 10:34 PM

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I *hate* the "snap to pixel boundaries" AA. The kerning (letter spacing) always looks like a train wreck, the selective application makes line widths look inconsistent, and fonts still don't look like they're supposed to. Roman fonts are typically still one pixel wide everywhere, looking like Arial with serifs. It's better to go with full AA or none at all.

It's all in the quality of the font renderer. From the screen shot it looks like an okay implementation but it could easily be better. The best is easily OSX (random shot from Google: <…ing_system/> ) No, I'm not a Mac user, but OSX always made me jealous. I upgraded to WinXP primarily for ClearType even though I used a CRT at the time. Even now that I have a LCD, I use it in portrait mode most of the time which defeats ClearType's intended effect. But I still keep it on because everything looks so much better. Roman looks Roman. Arial looks Arial.