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.

#33 Problem with MS core fonts

by raphael <>

Saturday October 26th, 2002 3:28 AM

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Just installed Moz 1.2b with xft support, and the anti-aliasis IS on, but the Microsoft Core fonts (such as Verdana) have disappeared in the process! In the font selector box in my prefs, I now only see a dozen fonts, and no MS ones in there! Anybody got that problem--and solved it?!

BTW, the xft enabled RPMs for RedHat 8 are located at <…Red_Hat_8x_RPMS/xft/i386/>

A short answer to the naysayers: this is a very good feature for high-resolution screens. I'm using a laptop with a 15-inch, 1600*1200 screen, and anti-aliasing dramatically increases legibility, especially in italics and in small sizes.