Mozilla to Provide Many of LindowsOS 4.0's Advantages
Wednesday May 21st, 2003
Albert and Adam Hauner wrote in to tell us that the forthcoming LindowsOS 4.0 will ship with a customised version of Mozilla. In fact, many of the advantages that Lindows.com is touting over Windows XP — including spam filtering, tabbed Web browsing and popup blocking — are actually Mozilla features. Previously, LindowsOS shipped with a customised version of Netscape 7.0 (Lindows.com's initial announcement of that decision got their over-excited PR department in trouble with AOL) but they announced a switch a few weeks ago.
I'm running both the Mozilla (SeaMonkey) and Firebird browsers (Firebird, Firebird, Firebird. Feel free to try to sue me.) on Windows 2000 SP3 with font-smoothing turned on and the text looks like ass when rendering those pages. To be more specific, the italicized text looks like ass. The normal and bold are mostly OK.
Internet Explorer does the same job rendering the pages as the Mozilla-based broksers on my system.
It does look like they have turned ClearType or any other form of font-smoothing off in the Lindows example as my rendering of the pages looks slightly better than the IE example in their GIF image does. Slightly.
I double-checked both pages to make certain that they weren't playing games with font properties. They don't appear to be.
This is pretty clearly an example of Windows having crappy default TrueType fonts and at least for Windows 2000 the built-in smoothing doesn't help much. Anyone want to grab a screenshot of one of those pages in WinXP with ClearType turned on and post a link to it?
I need new fonts...