Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I'm feeling like there's something wrong with font rendering because it looked a lot nicer last time I had Ubuntu running on the same PC (or even from a Live CD).

gnome-tweak-tool nautilus

Is it something wrong with my configuration?

share|improve this question
up vote 5 down vote accepted

Make sure you have the ubuntu-desktop package installed. It contains, among other things, the ubuntu-settings package, which includes the default font settings.

If you have it installed and the fonts still look ugly, you can try resetting the configurations of Unity:

Here's the default font settings for 12.10:

Tweak tool - Fonts

share|improve this answer

I assume you are saying ugly to the thin look of the fonts. Though You have anti-aliasing turned on, the hinting is important there. With full hinting, you will get much thinner fonts which do not look great on Unity (It looks good in KDE though).

You should change the hinting to Slight, instead of full. It will give you smoother fonts which is enabled by default in Ubuntu.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.