Monday, July 30, 2007

Making the fonts look better on Ubuntu

Hi,

Just found a better way of rendering fonts on Ubuntu..

I was looking for making the fonts look better on my Feisty Fawn. While searching, I hit this - http://jaganath.wordpress.com/2006/07/16/ubuntu-install-log-6-finally-os-x-like-font-rendering-in-linux/

The following page suggests some tips/packages to be installed for better rendering.

http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=1041769&postcount=1

However, I must warn that, after installing the attached files, the system will be BROKEN. Not because what he is suggesting is incorrect in any way, rather just because in Feisty fawn the same packages are
  1. available in the repositories
  2. available in newer versions.
And therefore, I would suggest installing the packages from the standard Feisty repository. Following commands can be useful -

sudo apt-get install libcairo2 libcairo2-dev libfreetype6 libfreetype6-dev libxft2

And, lest I forget to mention, run the following command...

sudo dpkg-reconfigure fontconfig-config


Hope that its useful. AND, I must say, the suggestion for the fonts settings work excellently.. absolutely great.



have fun
raghav..

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