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Newbie to Linux - just installed Fedora Core 1 with (I think) Gnome desktop. Immediately I noticed that stuff just looks better than on my Windows XP desktop (it's the ...
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    What gives Gnome better screen quality than XP?


    Newbie to Linux - just installed Fedora Core 1 with (I think) Gnome desktop. Immediately I noticed that stuff just looks better than on my Windows XP desktop (it's the identical machine only with Linux on a separate HDD). Why is that? Is it the choice of font size/type or is there something inherently nicer about the graphics?

    I also notice that it's not as fast for common tasks as Windows: reading contents of a CD, etc. Any way to speed it up?

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    i think gnome does almost everything by alpha blending/shading. This lets it fade edges/circles much better. It also seems to have much more work put into the themes so the fonts, colors, button positions etc work better

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    graphics

    The new gnome does look much better especially on new flat screens. I think this is due to a number of factors. Font aliasing methods are much better and configurable. Also the graphic formats for most icons, and artwork are pngs / xpms etc far superior to the bitmap backgrounds that Windows uses. Also due to the large file sizes of bmps I think XP has cut corners in their graphic displaying code to make it faster rather than quality.

    In terms of graphics almost every system looks crisper than windows. But I do think the Xp theme is quite smart. If that was implemented well on gnome it would look awesome.

    anyway enough chatting.
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