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I'm not able to obtain sharp (acceptable) fonts, specially in Firefox, in Natty.

In Maverick I've to delete /etc/fonts/conf.d/10- files and set 'hinting full' in gnome-appearance-properties. This solution doesn't works in Natty.

I've tried many combinations linking *.conf files from /etc/fonts/conf.avail to /etc/fonts/conf.d, I've tried to use a custom conf file (.fonts.conf), I've tried modifying dpi, I've tried with various ttf (including Microsoft fonts), but no way. The result is always unacceptable.

So my question is, how can I have the same behaviors of Maverick fonts in Natty?


This seems a problem with (at least) Arial font. If i force Firefox to use a different font (eg Sans) it's all right, but obviously this is not a solution (i don't want all sites have the same font). Below an animated gif that show the differences of Ariel font:

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Take a look at "1,a,G" chars (right click on the image and select to view in other tab)

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  1. set this (/etc/fonts/conf.d/):

    10-antialias.conf -> ../conf.avail/10-antialias.conf

    10-hinting.conf -> ../conf.avail/10-hinting.conf

    10-hinting-medium.conf -> /etc/fonts/conf.avail/10-hinting-medium.conf**

  2. run and close firefox

  3. change setting to full hinting:

    10-antialias.conf -> ../conf.avail/10-antialias.conf

    10-hinting.conf -> ../conf.avail/10-hinting.conf

    10-hinting-full.conf -> /etc/fonts/conf.avail/10-hinting-full.conf**

  4. run firefox

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Or try to run 'dpkg-reconfigure fontconfig'. – Ramez Apr 29 '11 at 7:58
thank you for the hit, but in my system "medium" and "full" hinting doesn't show any differences. – Lorem Apr 30 '11 at 10:03

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