Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 14th Sep 2009 06:04 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives After eight years of hard work, the day has finally arrived. Today, September 14, the Haiku project has released its very first alpha release. With the goal of recreating one of the most beloved operating systems in history, the BeOS, they took on no small task, but it seems as if everything is finally starting to come together. Let's talk about the history of the BeOS, where Haiku comes from, and what the Alpha is like.
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RE: Ugly fonts
by ricard on Mon 14th Sep 2009 08:14 UTC in reply to "Ugly fonts"
ricard
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2005-07-03

From the release-notes:

"Font rendering in this release is not optimal. Due to the uncertain situation about patents, the official release has disabled code, which is known to be patented. This sadly includes hinting code used by FreeType that would provide better looking font rendering if enabled. Once the situation is better understood and a decision has been made these technologies might get re-enabled for official releases."

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RE[2]: Ugly fonts
by dulus on Mon 14th Sep 2009 08:28 in reply to "RE: Ugly fonts"
dulus Member since:
2006-07-14

Ok, nice that they mention it. It is good to know that developers are aware of this issue, because BeOS should Be Best available user experience, including font rendering ;)

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RE[3]: Ugly fonts
by KugelKurt on Mon 14th Sep 2009 11:15 in reply to "RE[2]: Ugly fonts"
KugelKurt Member since:
2005-07-06

Haiku still uses FreeType (by your account/trolling the "worst linux lib"). That won't change, no matter whether the patented font hinting feature is enabled or not.

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RE[3]: Ugly fonts
by NicePics13 on Mon 14th Sep 2009 14:15 in reply to "RE[2]: Ugly fonts"
NicePics13 Member since:
2009-06-08

Ok, nice that they mention it. It is good to know that developers are aware of this issue, because BeOS should Be Best available user experience, including font rendering ;)

When building Haiku yourself there's the option to enable "cleartype" hinting. As Slackware 12.x suffered from the same patent dilemma I usually rebuilt freetype with bytecode hinting.

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