Let’s be honest, other than Ubuntu, most linux distributions have horrible looking font rendering out of the box.
I’m a writer. I use my computer to write for between 3 to 8 hours per day. Bad font rendering is a deal-breaker for me in a distribution. That said, I’ve found that fond rendering is super-easy to fix in Fedora and Opensuse. Let’s do Opensuse today.1
Click HERE to install the primary package you need. (Must be using Firefox to use the 1-Click thing with Yast.)
The problem is that to get nice font-rendering requires something called Sub-Pixel Rendering which artificially increases the apparent resolution of fonts on your screen.
Set Anti-Alias to “RGB” & Hinting to “Slight”
After you’ve installed the package, make sure that you’ve turned on anti-aliasing to RGB and hinting to Slight in your system settings.
If you use KDE, it’s under your “fonts” section. If you use Gnome, you need the Tweak tool. (Opensuse ships with the Tweak tool if you chose Gnome at start up.)
I use Gimp near-daily to create images like the ones following this blog post. Unfortunately, when you fix font rendering system-wide (as described above), it fucks it up in Gimp. You have to temporarily disable anti-aliasing on your system, then restart Gimp. That’s a pain-in-the-ass.
Because of this, I still stick with a partition with Ubuntu (sometimes Mint, depending upon mood) precisely for this reason. It’s just easier. Gimp works, font rendering is good by default system-wide, and I don’t have to go around tweaking shit to get my work done.
I’m not normally an Opensuse user, I prefer Fedora and Manjaro for programming and more technical stuff. But, I’ve been playing with it to see if I might be converted. I really like Yast! And it was much easier to get fonts looking good than the more involved process in Manjaro. So far so good! We’ll see.
Now go lift something heavy,
- Many people don’t even notice bad rendering of fonts, but you probably do, which is why you searched for (and found) this post in the first place! My mother is an Art Professor, so maybe growing up in that environment made me more of a visual snob, LOL. ↩