Fedora’s font rendering isn’t very nice. At least on my laptop with Fedora 12. Bytecode Interpreter (BCI for short) is disabled by default because of patent issues. As the TrueType bytecode patents have expired. We may enable BCI in Fedora now. TrueType announced that BCI is enabled by default from 2.4. Fedora 12’s TrueType version is 2.3 which disables BCI. However, we can use rpmfusion’s font rendering package freetype-freeworld instead. On my laptop, BCI with liberation fonts looks quite nice.
Let’s use Fedora 12 as the example to introduce how to use the bytecode interpreter font rendering algorithm.
1. Add rpmfusion repositories
Add the RPMfusion repositories following the tutorial Enable RPM Fusion repositories.
# yum install freetype-freeworld
3. Install liberation fonts
# yum install liberation-sans-fonts \ liberation-mono-fonts liberation-serif-fonts
We may set the default font in Gnome’s “Appearance” configuration tools. We may also map “sans” “sans serif” and “mono” fonts’ default to liberation: Download my fonts configuration file, and save it to
4. Change Gnome’s font rendering
In “System > Preferences > Appearance”, select the font and rendering. “Subpixel smoothing (LCDs)” looks best on my latptop with LCD.
5. Restart X server
All the applications’ fonts should look much better now. Enjoy it!
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