Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 31st Jul 2005 11:45 UTC, submitted by GhePeU
Gnome GNOME 2.12 will be released to the world on September 7th, 2005, culminating 6 months of very exciting work by members of the project. A number of exciting technologies come together in GNOME 2.12 that will set the standard for free software desktops to come. Here is a sample of some of the outstanding work that has gone into GNOME thanks to its many contributors.
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RE: Not too bad
by rayiner on Mon 1st Aug 2005 03:47 UTC in reply to "Not too bad"
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2005-07-06

That's a very interesting response. I haven't used Windows in a long time, but when I do, I generally don't like it. Windows fonts are too small and the shapes too forced (from excessive hinting) for my taste, and I can see blatent color fringing as a result of Cleartype. I like FreeType's more natural, if somewhat fuzzier rendering. To me, its a nice medium between Windows and OS X (which isn't hinted enough). I do wish the auto-hinter was better at handling italic fonts, though. On most text, it doesn't do a good job of keeping the tilted axis all the characters parallel to each other.

That said, you should be able to get results pretty close to ClearType. Turn on the bytecode interpreter (it's illegal in the USA, thanks to Apple), and turn on sub-pixel anti-aliasing. Then, grab the Tahoma font from your Windows partition, and set things to 8pt. That'll get you close.

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RE[2]: Not too bad
by sappyvcv on Mon 1st Aug 2005 03:56 in reply to "RE: Not too bad"
sappyvcv Member since:
2005-07-06

First of all, you have to generally use the ClearType tweak utility to get it to look right on your screen. Otherwise itll look too sharp or too blurry. Once you do, it looks GREAT, even on a decent CRT.

I did use the BCI with free-type. I followed guides that said how to emulate ClearType perfectly and it still didnt look the same. "close" is not good enough for me. I notice the different. With FreeType trying to emulate ClearType, I notice some really annoying things. Like 'w' and 's' and 'D' being too thick in parts. It really sticks out, as illustrated in this image:
http://weakmind.org/upload/files/osnews_ft.png
And clear type with the same stuff:
http://weakmind.org/upload/files/osnews_ct_mine.png

Yes, I used mscorefonts and even got Tahoma. It's simply not the same. You may think it's close enough or better, but it's still NOT the same. And for me, that's not good enough. It's about choice, isn't it? I want the choice.

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RE[3]: Not too bad
by getaceres on Mon 1st Aug 2005 08:52 in reply to "RE[2]: Not too bad"
getaceres Member since:
2005-07-06

I don't know how people like ClearType so much. Until recentrly I haven't turned it on in Windows and still I find it very blurry. I don't like it very much but it's the best you can have in a TFT screen. I've never found a problem with whatever application that's using Bitstream Vera in Linux. I find it a lot better than ClearType. They are sharp and not fuzzy at all like all the fonts in Windows XP.
Please, tell me. What's so amazing in the fuzzy fonts of ClearType?

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