Linux: ‘Why do my fonts look so bad?!’ Here is a fix!

By | 2013/11/25

Microsoft holds patents on particular font rendering technology for LCDs. Most distros remove any patent protected fonts and as a result fonts look bad on LCDs. But there is a fix!


These two reddit threads came out about the same time with some discussion:

http://www.reddit.com/r/LinuxActionShow/comments/1rc9e9/official_opensuse_131_repo_for_the_infinality

http://www.reddit.com/r/Fedora/comments/1psjsl/why_does_fedora_still_have_terrible_font


For openSUSE 13.1 users, there is a repo to add to yast that will provide better fonts:

http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/namtrac:/subpixel/openSUSE_13.1/


For Fedora users, check out this repo:

http://www.infinality.net/blog/infinality-repository


Ubuntu users may want to check out this post:

http://www.webupd8.org/2013/06/better-font-rendering-in-linux-with.html


And Debian:
http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=88545


For more on the patent, freetype.org has a FAQ-type of page here:

http://david.freetype.org/cleartype-patents.html

One thought on “Linux: ‘Why do my fonts look so bad?!’ Here is a fix!

  1. Scott Miller Post author

    After making this change on my Debian PC, my eyes do not feel as strained. If you have time, see if these fonts work for you. It is a noticeable difference.

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