Description of problem:
If you run a Java SWING program in Fedora, the fonts appear really ugly. And there is no way for a normal user to know that he can enable font anti-aliasing for Java programs using the _JAVA_OPTIONS environment variable. It would be nice if it is enabled by default or at least if there is somewhere for a user to know this feature is available and how he can enable this feature.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Run a swing java application on a clean system (e.g. netbeans 0.6.8)
The fonts appear ugly as they don't use anti-aliasing.
Nice looking fonts!
Created attachment 396498 [details]
example java app with default settings
I was also bitten by this. By default Java fonts are unreadable and I didn't know why. Only after reading
I found out that simple
is enough to have more readable fonts.
Please see attached example of default Java application look and aliased-fonts Java application look.
Just a note - in Ubuntu the aliased fonts are used by default.
Created attachment 396499 [details]
example java app with AA property on
This looks to be fixed in the f13/rawhide packages, at least for netbeans, could you try those and see if those work as expected?
I can't! BTW, it would be nice if it get fixed in Fedora 11 and specially Fedora 12.
There are updated packages available for testing:
yum --enablerepo=updates-testing update java-1.6.0-openjdk
Thanks! It's enabled in the updated packages. :)
I can confirm that the packages from -testing fix the swing apps.
But, awt ones (as I was told) are still not anti-aliased:
Is there a way to fix the latter as well?
Possible dupe of bug #539971
java-1.6.0-openjdk-184.108.40.206-33.b17.fc11 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 11.
java-1.6.0-openjdk-220.127.116.11-36.b17.fc12 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 12.
java-1.6.0-openjdk-18.104.22.168-35.b17.fc13 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 13.
(In reply to comment #7)
> I can confirm that the packages from -testing fix the swing apps.
> But, awt ones (as I was told) are still not anti-aliased:
> Is there a way to fix the latter as well?
Can you attach screenshots by any chance? I am looking at the Sun plugin vs OpenJDk plugin rendering on my monitors and I see no difference (F12 + head).
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screenshot of non-antialiased fonts
Here you go. Please keep in mind though. that I'm not sure if Sun's plugin works correctly - I haven't used it since openjdk arrived.
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java-1.6.0-openjdk-188.8.131.52-35.b17.fc13 has been pushed to the Fedora 13 stable repository. If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.
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I can still see the fonts non-antialiased in Fedora 14, did a fixed build ever made it to this branch?
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f13 and f14, without any user changes, antialiasing ok
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snow leopard screenshot
Yes, this works. The kurnik website does not.
OTOH, I have just checked that under osx and the main game window is not antialiased either, looks like it is only hinting there. But the text on the button is antialiased properly, while on Fedora it is not. Screenshot attached.
Seeing this problem pop up after upgrading Fedora 15 -> 16.