Friday, January 6, 2017

Blurry Font in Firefox after updating to Linux Fedora 25

I recently did a clean update of fedora and found the font to render quite blurry.

What I found out:

1) gnome-tweak-tool font settings do not work. At the time of the post any of the font settings did not make a difference.

2) You may start trying to use font-tweak-tool or font-manager. Be aware that these may create font config files in your ~/ or in ~/.config

These may need to be deleted so that your gnome settings take precedence.

Note: I've installed microsoft and ubuntu fonts for linux.

So what's the fix?

a) Go to Settings > Fonts and change the settings here to Anti Aliasing: rgba and Hinting: full

At this point your terminal should look good.

b) For me, firefox and sublime text had bad looking fonts.

There's a directory in /etc/fonts/conf.d that controls some additional font rendering. It's odd that there's no GUI to modify this directly.

sudo ln -s  /usr/share/fontconfig/conf.avail/10-hinting-full.conf /etc/fonts/conf.d/
sudo rm  /usr/share/fontconfig/conf.avail/10-hinting-slight.conf

Log out and Log back in and things should be clearer.