When I tested Fedora in the past, I usually found font rendering different, poor when compared to Ubuntu's. That's obviously subjective, but I find Ubuntu font rendering smooth and good looking, while Fedora's is certainly not as smooth. In fact, this issue with font rendering was not limited to Fedora, for many other KDE distros apparently had the same problem.
In this particular case, I was testing Fedora 15 KDE for my King of KDistros article. I happen to love "Lovelock", so it kinda bugged me that font rendering was not up to par with the great overall quality of this last official Fedora release. As a result, I decided to do some research on the matter to make Lovelock look even better.
IMPROVING FONTS IN FEDORA
I quickly found that there are loads of resources available on the topic, often going into huge levels of detail. While I was finding those reads interesting, I didn't want to put that much time and effort into something like that, so I found a somewhat simple solution that provided a good enough result. Having said so, those interested may find the following two blog entries from Andreas Haerter particularly interesting:
How to change Fedora's font rendering to get an Ubuntu-like result
Ubuntu fonts installation for Fedora 15 Lovelock (and above)
Now, like I just said, I didn't go that far. Here are the steps I followed:
1.- In Fedora, install RPM Fusion (FREE and NON FREE) repositories (find more on this on RPM Fusion's own SITE).
2.- Install the
NOTE: This package is not free (as in speech), so legal regulations may apply in your country.
su -c 'yum install freetype-freeworld'
3.- Install Droid Sans Fonts.(if you want to achieve the results shown in the screenshots below)
su -c 'yum install google-droid-sans-fonts'
4.- Create a backup for your fonts config file.
cp .fonts.conf .fonts.bak
5.- Edit your fonts config file:
6.- Change the hinting from
hintmedium(as used in Fedora) to
hintslight(as used in Ubuntu).
7.- Logout and then log back in.
NOW, HERE'S THE PROOF
That should do it, here are a couple screenshots showing the difference after applying the changes I just explained. First off, in a web browsing environment:
Now, in a desktop environment:
LIKE IT? USE IT!
So there you have it, a quick and easy way to make your fonts look a bit better in Fedora. As you can imagine, the same or similar steps would apply in other KDE distros with similar issues, only the
freetype-freeworldpackage name may differ.