Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 68681
XFree86 gnome-terminal fonts look awful
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:44:07 EDT
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Description of problem:
Toshiba Satellite 1800 notebook (1024x768 generic display). The fonts for
gnome-terminal look hoorible, almost unreadable. The font emacs uses is very
legible on the same machine.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Open gnome terminal
Actual Results: Almost unreadable fonts
Expected Results: On RH 7.3 the fonts look fine
A note on the 'net says this might be due to not installing the XFree86 75 and
10o dpi fonts, both are installed here.
Owen, Havoc: Known issue?
Without a screenshot I can't really say.
It's not an XFree86 problem in any case. Reassigning to fontconfig
until we get more information.
I'm sure it is the issue of the fixed terminal font being anti-aliased and not
looking quite as good as the bitmapped terminal fonts. Can we possibly switch
to a bitmapped terminal font?
I believe that this was probably a problem with fontconfig
finding the XFree86-truetype-fonts versions of the Luxi fonts
rather than the Type1 versions, and the rendering of the
TrueType versions was *much* worse. This has been fixed
now by removing that directory from the fontconfig font
(While people might think that the AA fonts we are using
now look fuzzy, or not too their taste, I doubt they
would be described as "hoorible, almost unreadable".
The way the TrueType versions rendered 1-2 months ago
would fit that description.)
I'd rather keep our default terminal font AA like the
rest of the desktop ... there are definite effects where
the eye prefers *consistent* contrast, rather than maximum
possible contrast. (I'm not sure the mechanism
for this is understood ... it may just be that one
instinctively adjusts ones viewing distance from the screen
to the optimal distance for a certain type of rendering.)