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.

#35 It's the density not the resolution.

by ecarlson

Sunday October 27th, 2002 9:01 AM

You are replying to this message

I would guess that it's because you are running 1600x1200 on only a 15" screen that it helps. If you ran 1600x1200 natively on a 21" LCD screen, it would probably look fuzzy, just like it looks when running 1024x768 natively on a 15" LCD screen.

So if you had one of those tiny 12" or smaller 1024x768 LCD screens, you'd probably see the same improvement because of the high pixel density.

On the other hand, in Windows XP, there is a special font smoothing mode (ClearType) that is designed specifically for LCD screens, and it truely is in improvement on any density LCD screen.

- Eric, <>