It is continuously discussed that some Fedora users do not like the font rendering in Fedora Linux and there are solutions to improve the font rendering with potentially non-free or non-licensed software/fonts. However, with only the open source fonts and software and little tricks, the font rendering on Fedora can be quite good. In this post, I will introduce my method to improve Fedora’s font rendering with open software and fonts only.
First, take a look at the effect and decide whether you like it. You can proceed if you like this approach of improving the font rendering.
The Gnome 3 use Cantarell fonts as the interface fonts. However, I am not a big fan of the Cantarell fonts and prefer the Liberation fonts. Fedora ships Liberation fonts but ships with the Liberation font version 1 (I am using Fedora 20 now). On the other hand, the Liberation fonts version 2 is already released on its website. The version 2 of Liberation fonts, from my experience, is rendered much better than the version 1. Hence, let’s install Liberation version 2 to be used.
First, download the tar ball from the Liberation fonts website: https://fedorahosted.org/liberation-fonts/.
Second, unpack the tar ball and copy the TTFs to
~/.fonts for user wide usage, or to
/usr/share/fonts/truetype/liberation for system-wide availability.
fc-cache to make the fonts cached.
Font rendering ∞
After installing the Liberation fonts, we can alias the Sans, Sans-serif and etc to it. You can put a copy of the
local.conf (mine can be downloaded from here) to specify the font aliasing to
/etc/fonts/local.conf. Note that my local.conf contains configuration for Chinese fonts fallback. You may adapt it for your own preference.
Lastly, we can choose the fonts of Gnome 3 and tune the font rendering. To do this, you need
gnome-tweak-tool which can be installed by
# yum install gnome-tweak-tool.
For the interface fonts, I use
Sans. For the hinting and Antialiasing, I use “Slight” and “Rgba”. The “Slight” hinting seems the best to my eye which hints the fonts and keep the original shape of the fonts.