Linked by John Yanosko on Wed 26th Jan 2005 21:24 UTC
Apple The following is the experience of a user of Linux for the desktop who got a Mac Mini. Is he making the switch?
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Fonts
by Anonymous on Wed 26th Jan 2005 23:29 UTC

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This intrigues me, as one thing that stops me using Linux on a permanent basis is the GUI, in particular the way fonts are rendered. Yes, I know you can install Windows fonts and can fiddle with bytecode interpreters. Tried all that, but not a single Linux distro I tried (ten or so) can match the fonts in Apple or Windows computers (though MEPIS is not too bad). I know a GUI is more than fonts but this is a really big drawback for me, and I don't really understand why so few people complain about it and that no real work seems to be done improving this. Transparency, funky widgets? I don't give a damn, fonts are way more important if you don't want to hurt your eyes.
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Add this to ~/.fonts.conf (~=/home/$username)

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<!DOCTYPE fontconfig SYSTEM "fonts.dtd">
<fontconfig>
<dir>~/.fonts</dir>
<match target="font" >
<edit mode="assign" name="hinting" >
<bool>true</bool>
</edit>
</match>
<match target="font" >
<edit mode="assign" name="hintstyle" >
<const>hintmedium</const>
</edit>
</match>
<match target="font">
<edit name="autohint" mode="assign">
<bool>true</bool>
</edit>
</match>
</fontconfig>

Want the reason it's not on by default? Look no further than the US Patent Office.

http://www.munjoylinux.org/source/munjoyfonts.tar.gz <--some nice fonts based on bitstream