Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 62925
Supplied Arial font is unacceptably ugly
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:41:45 EDT
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Description of problem:
The Arial font supplied with RHL is poorly crafted and needs to be replaced with
a better one.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Install Red Hat
2.Start X and run mozilla
3.Go to http://www.linuxtoday.com
Actual Results: Rendering of story headline text is very poor. Similar problem
Expected Results: Properly rendered text.
To demonstrate just how bad this is, install the webfonts rpm and notice the
improvement to the text rendering in mozilla and elsewhere.
We do not create fonts, we merely ship the existing fonts which are
available. Please attach a screenshot showing the problem you are seeing.
Also attach your X server config, and a copy of /etc/X11/fs/config also.
Are you using GNOME or KDE, and if KDE, do you have anti-aliased fonts
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What it looks like (notice story headlines)
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What it should look like
Just go ahead and reconfigure mozilla: Edit/Preferences/Appearence/Fonts.
You can even use your own (or microsoft's) fonts. RedHat just stays out of
licensing trouble. You may not.
acually microsoft allows individual download of their 'core fonts for the web',
but not redistribution. The installation process can even be automated, see
We are aware of Microsoft's web fonts, and how to automate downloading
them. That doesn't really have much to do with this particular bug
report though. Since this appears to be an issue with the particular
font itself, I'm closing the bug as per above.
Please contact the font creators directly if you'd like to arrange to
fund font development.