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Why do fonts look bad when you disable anti-aliasing in X, especially for GTK2/GNOME and KDE applications? In Windows, fonts still look okay even when anti-aliasing (font-smothing) is disabled. However, ...
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    fonts look bad when anti-aliasing disabled


    Why do fonts look bad when you disable anti-aliasing in X, especially for GTK2/GNOME and KDE applications? In Windows, fonts still look okay even when anti-aliasing (font-smothing) is disabled. However, an XLib compiled without Xft support renders fonts better than disabling anti-aliasing, because an XLib compiled with Xft doesn't seem to disable anti-aliasing correctly.

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    Hi, user222 - fonts have always looked bad for me in Windows and Linux if not anti-aliased, so I can't help with this but perhaps there's a fonts guru here that will check in with more info. Fonts issues seem to be a common complaint under Linux.

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    comparison:

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    Ouch! That is bad. Mine aren't quite that bad, but they are close.

    I've found that the font face and point size used makes a difference, and the screen resolution plays a factor in in overall appearance. Still, they aren't acceptable without anti-aliasing for me.

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