Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 23rd Jun 2009 21:40 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces The Engineering 7 weblog has an item about the improvements made in the ClearType font rendering technology which has been included in Windows since Windows XP. While I won't go too deeply into that post, I did figure it was a good opportunity to talk about font antialiasing in general; which type do you prefer?
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Linux font rendering the best
by abraxas on Wed 24th Jun 2009 10:46 UTC
abraxas
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2005-07-07

I'll add to me previous comment by saying something that is sure to make someone's head explode somewhere but generally I prefer Linux font rendering to OSX or Windows font rendering. With the right font readability is much better on Linux. I use Deja Vu fonts with subpixel smoothing and full hinting enabled. The fonts are crisp and easy to read. You can enable ClearType rendering in Linux but it looks worse in my opinion. It works poorly with light type on a dark background. You can cleary see the rainbow effect. I don't get that effect with native Linux font rendering. OSX by comparison is terrible for general readability although shape accuracy is very good.

This is what fonts looks like for me on Linux:

http://cdsmith80.googlepages.com/LinuxRender.png

Edited 2009-06-24 10:52 UTC

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