Smooth fonts in Ubuntu

Thanks to that wonderful site; the how-to geek, I now have rounded font edges, to make them appear smoother and in some cases more legible. This would be particularly useful on a laptop that you have problems viewing letters.

There is the option in Ubuntu, but for some reason, as stated by the site, is not utilized by default. So, create and edit a .fonts.conf file in our home directory by either opening up a terminal, or just using ALT-F2 and then pasting this in:

gedit ~/.fonts.conf

Put in this text to tell Ubuntu to use smooth fonts, but don’t close, read below after:

?xml version="1.0″ ?
!DOCTYPE fontconfig SYSTEM "fonts.dtd"
fontconfig
match target="font"
edit name="autohint" mode="assign"
bool>true</bool
/edit
/match
/fontconfig

Since wordpress is being dumb and will just say “true” if I put in the code as it is supposed to be (possibly misinterpreting as markup tags…), On each line, just put a “<” (without quotation marks or putting a space) in the beginning and a “>” on the end. Sorry, this might be a bit confusing for you, but wordpress was being silly. 😥 Thanks

You now need to log out and in to see the difference. It makes them somewhat more “bold”, looks nicer for me now, hopefully will for you to. If you don’t like it, just erase the text from the “.fonts.conf” file and log out and back in again.

It’s mainly visible on the menu. I’m waiting for hardy and all it’s major improvements… maybe if they handout an alpha 5 soon, or a tribe 1, that would be nice. 🙂 Ubuntu is a very nice Operating System, I just get angry at is sometimes… I still haven’t gotten my iPod to work, no zinio reader for me and Steam and a few other games.

Well, enjoy this!
nikoPSK

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~ by nikopsk on February 14, 2008.

5 Responses to “Smooth fonts in Ubuntu”

  1. you have done all of use a useful service

  2. code tags are your friend. 🙂

  3. Niko, use the HTML CODE tags to wrap your code, so it will parse correctly 😉

  4. Will do, thanks for the tip. Doesn’t work, but do you like it?

  5. Here is how to use code tags:
    http://w3schools.com/tags/tag_phrase_elements.asp

    echo 'ok\?'

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