Ever since I upgraded my Mandriva system to 2008.0.0, some web sites, including this one, look bad in firefox. The main font--including the one I see as I'm typing--is not smoothed. It looks like it was printed on a dot matrix printer. (Although it looks good in Konqueror.)
I think it is Lucida or Lucida Grande. These used to look good before the upgrade, but now they look bad.
I recommend against using them.
Very interesting. I don't have a ~/.font.conf file on either my Mandriva or Xubuntu system. That seems to have been replaced with files in the ~/.fontconfig directory.
Grepping through all these files, I see lots of entries for various Lucida fonts (Lucida, LucidaBright, LucidaTypewriter, LucidaBrightDemiBold, etc.). But there is no Lucida Grande or simiar.
strings ~/.fontconfig/* | grep -i grand
But I saved the recommended ~/.font.conf file anyway, so whenever I get a chance to exit all my browser tabs (hopefully sometime this month), I'll restart X and see if it made a difference.
I didn't have one either, so I created it and it works for me.
Let us know how it goes for you too.
OK, I copied that .font.conf file to my home directory and rebooted my system (since I was upgrading the kernel anyway). It made no difference.
The font on this page still looks like something out of the middle '90s.
look in your home directory with this command to see if maybe you have a font.conf by another name, I have .fontconfig and font.conf
cd ~ && ls -la |grep font
Is that font.conf or .font.conf?
Also, isn't .fontconfig a directory loaded with mysterious -x86.cache-2 files?
should be .font.conf and you are right, .fontconfig is a directory.
Here is a pretty good looking tutorial for Mandriva fonts.
Fonts On X