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