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Lets not beat around the bush here, the default font rendering in OpenSuse and the default font do not an OS fit for reading make.. this can be fixed however..
Love or hate Ubuntu, out of the box it has one of the best font rendering setups of any distro and considering how much time we spend on our PC’s setting your fonts up correctly is one less headach, literally.
I’m not sure how much of these instructions I got right, however after a reboot the screen text does at least look better..
- Add the official namtrac:subpixel Infinality repository for openSUSE 12.3. This is the one maintained by the actual Infinality developer(s).
- Switch system packages to the versions in the
namtrac:subpixelrepository, and mark for installation any other packages in
namtrac:subpixelthat aren’t yet installed.
- From the main openSUSE official repository, install the
- Make sure your desktop environment’s font configuration for subpixel hinting is set to “Use system settings” or something similar. Only if that option does not exist, set it to RGB order with slight hinting.
- (Optional) Set all desktop fonts to “DejaVu Sans, Book”, my personal preference.
- Log out and log back in to your desktop.
So that didn’t make much sense as a new OpenSuse user, its taking a bit of knowledge assumption, so I did this.
showed me the repo listed as
23 | subpixal | subpixal | Yes | Yes
then i typed
zypper dup -r subpixal
which updated, downgraded and generally made changes
Finally I installed fontconfig-infinality
zypper in fontconfig-infinality
Open System Settings -> Application Appearance -> Fonts
The click on Configure next to Use Anti Aliasing
- Tick next to Use Sub Pixal Rendering
- Choose RGB
- Set Hinting Style to Slight
- Click on OK
Then still under fonts change the default font for everything except Fixed Width to DejaVu Sans and set the font style to Book, leave the font size
I’ve not got my head fully around yast and zypper for package management yet, however after a reboot the fonts are readable, clearer and not dog awful so something worked.