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Ugly fonts compared to Firefox or systemI'm migrating from Windows to Linux and installed Opera, but the fonts in my Linux Opera installation ended up being really awful. I'll attach a comparison picture to show the difference.
I've tried looking at different font settings, but nothing seems to be helping - though I believe I'm just looking at the wrong place. For example I tried adjusting the default fonts for Opera - as an example, the current sans-serif -family font seems to be "Arial [monotype]", while Firefox seems to be using "sans-serif". However when I try to change the font in Opera, the provided list of fonts doesn't include the "sans-serif", nor any other fonts the system has.
I'm using Ubuntu 8.04, I've installed MS Core fonts package, and I'm using "Subpixel smoothing (LCDs)" from the Appearance Preferences of the system.
Can anyone help me with the problem? As you can see from the screenshot, it really needs fixing...
Close Opera and try to create a file named .fonts.conf in your personal folder with the following content:
<?xml version="1.0"?> <!DOCTYPE fontconfig SYSTEM "fonts.dtd"> <fontconfig> <match target="font"> <edit name="rgba" mode="assign"> <const>rgb</const> </edit> </match> <match target="font"> <edit name="rgba" mode="assign"> <const>rgb</const> </edit> <edit name="hinting" mode="assign"> <bool>true</bool> </edit> <edit name="hintstyle" mode="assign"> <const>hintfull</const> </edit> </match> </fontconfig>
Save and restart Opera. Tells me if helped.
28. October 2008, 23:24:09 (edited)
@RomaHagen, if you're getting "aliased" fonts (i.e. VERY jagged with NO smoothing at all) then that seems to be a problem with opera picking up some duff fonts. Try deleting any fonts in your system that look bad (happened with Lucida and fonts labelled with 'Adobe' for me until I replaced them with better versions).
I disable CoreXFonts and fix QT font inconsistencies
4. December 2008, 22:03:21 (edited)
Thanks for the fixes! The Core X Fonts disabling and QT inconsistency fix did help a lot, and fixed the problem! There's still something weird with the fonts, but that might just be from being used to Windows fonts. :)
As for the screenshot, svivian noted that Opera side didn't look that bad. I have to agree, actually, it doesn't look that bad, but I do really prefer the Firefox side since it's not as bulky and takes up less space. However, the provided fixes work, so fonts seem ok now.
Originally posted by ikajaste:
Well I had that too (in Ubuntu linux). The solution for that is turn subpixels on:
There's still something weird with the fonts, but that might just be from being used to Windows fonts.
goto System - Preferences - Looks (or "Display") - Fonts
turn on Smooth Subpixels (LCD'S).
I hope I translated it correctly. I had it from a Dutch site. It's something that makes all the text better on LCD screens. the site Maybe it is translated in English? To translate it in a rough way you could google it and click on the translate link at the end of the result.
Also take a look here.
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