Improving the Appearance of Fonts

Historically, one common complaint about Linux on the desktop has been the poor quality of its font handling. This matter has been improving in recent years, and even when using traditional font tools, the appearance of fonts can be improved over what you might see by default. Linux font handling is still a bit tricky, though. Understanding the different font types and knowing where to go to get fonts are critical prerequisites. Beyond this, you can serve fonts by creating font directories and telling X about them via FontPath lines in XF86Config, or you can run a font server to deliver fonts to one or many computers. The latest Linux font development is in font smoothing, a technique to improve the appearance of fonts at screen resolutions. Unfortunately, font smoothing requires new font display techniques that are not yet fully integrated into X, so you may need to jump through some extra hoops to use smoothed fonts.

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