Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 9th Sep 2012 22:58 UTC
Mac OS X "A little more than an year ago I wrote my rant post The Linux Desktop Experience is Killing Linux on the Desktop and for the first time in 8 years I wasn't a desktop Linux user anymore. I spent about a month wrestling with Windows 7, but let's face it - Windows is ill suited for professional Ruby programmers like me (and it's ill suited for most programmers, except maybe Java & .Net I guess). Anyways, it was never my intention to stick with Windows - I was just doing my Mac due diligence. Now with 1+ year of OSX usage I'd like to share a few things about my experience thus far with you."
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some questions
by TechGeek on Mon 10th Sep 2012 02:02 UTC
TechGeek
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2006-01-14

Why do people use fonts as an example that OS X is better? Don't fonts run on pretty much any system you install them on? Is there some kind of difference between font rendering?

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RE: some questions
by Gullible Jones on Mon 10th Sep 2012 03:28 in reply to "some questions"
Gullible Jones Member since:
2006-05-23

Bytecode hinting, probably. I used OSX once - an old PowerPC version, mind - and the fonts looked quite good.

Mind, my experience is that font rendering varies a lot from monitor to monitor. For instance, on most laptops I've used, Linux renders much better than Windows ClearType; while on my 1280x1024 desktop monitor, Windows renders fonts more readable than Linux. I know there are lots of people whining about fonts on whatever OS compared to whatever other OS, but at this point I believe they all do a pretty good job of it.

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RE[2]: some questions
by Hypnos on Mon 10th Sep 2012 03:51 in reply to "RE: some questions"
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2008-11-19

You may find this interesting:

http://www.infinality.net/blog/infinality-freetype-patches/

I am using these patches on Gentoo (they're in the Portage tree, keyword masked) and my font rendering is superb. I prefer my settings to what is default on OSX.

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RE: some questions
by Neolander on Mon 10th Sep 2012 05:09 in reply to "some questions"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Most operating systems render fonts by aligning character features on screen pixel boundaries for crisper rendering, slightly altering character shape in the process.

OS X doesn't, and instead resorts to heavy antialiasing to follow the true character shape more exactly. This gives its font rendering engine a characteristic blurry look.

In the end, deciding which one is better is really a matter of taste, as comparative studies have ultimately shown that people prefer the font rendering methodology used by their main OS. It can be argued that the OS X way is less readable, especially on lower-res screens, but more pleasant-looking and typographically accurate.

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