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Improve the appearance of fonts on Linux Mint

Improve the appearance of fonts on Linux Mint

Fonts in Linux look noticeably worse than in Windows because everyone's favorite Microsoft has managed to patent some obvious optimise font rendering on LCD screens. Without violating these patents to achieve high-quality display of fonts is impossible.

Sorry for the spelling and phonetic errors in the text.
Owner and main writer of is not a native English speaker.

How then in other operating systemsfor example, in Mac OS X — manages to provide a wonderful drawing text? The fact that Apple and Microsoft signed a cross-licensing agreement allowing the companies free to use patents to each other. With Linux developers, of course, no such agreement is not going to sign, and therefore have to be content with what we have. Do Linux users are doomed forever spoil the view?

How to improve the quality of font rendering in Linux? This will help us project Infinality.

Installation into Linux Mint:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:no1wantdthisname/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install fontconfig-infinality

Now, let's customize our fonts:

1. Now you need to reboot and you are ready to configure. Then run the following file and choose the type of rendering:

sudo bash /etc/fonts/infinality/ setstyle

Improve the appearance of fonts on Linux Mint

It is recommended to choose the type "Linux". If you choose "Windows" or "OSX", keep in mind that you will need to install the fonts from the respective OS.

2. Open the file

sudo gedit /etc/profile.d/

and find the line "USE_STYLE="DEFAULT". Change it accordingly DEFAULT on UBUNTU. Save, exit.

3. In order for our system rebooted normally, you need to move the config file:

sudo mv /etc/profile.d/ /etc/
sudo chmod a+rx /etc/

4. Create in your home folder with this file name .bashrc, open it and add the line

. /etc/

I followed the advice and made the necessary manipulations. The fonts have become smoother, convenient readability text has increased significantly. I recommend to use.

Before the manipulations do not forget to take a screenshot, so it would be easier to detect changes. This will help when choosing the type of rendering.

If you don't like it, then you can always roll back the changes:

sudo apt-get purge fontconfig-infinality
sudo apt-get install ppa-purge
sudo ppa-purge ppa:no1wantdthisname/ppa


What else to do to improve the quality of font rendering in Linux Mint?
We have just considered a way to improve font rendering. However, it is equally important to install the fonts and preferably high quality. In Linux Mint you can easily install hundreds of additional fonts just one team.

sudo apt-get install fonts-cantarell lmodern ttf-aenigma ttf-georgewilliams ttf-bitstream-vera ttf-sjfonts ttf-tuffy tv-fonts

This sets a very impressive set of fonts. But if you want more, then you can install all the available fonts in just one command:

sudo apt-get install ubuntustudio-font-meta

If you don't need a hundred, and —as a true linuxoid — need only free fonts offers a repository of The Open Font Library.


May the Force be with you,
Good Luck!!!

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Nice article, also nice to see that it was put up on the web on my birthday :)
Scratch my last comment. This article rendered my X server useless. I now have a damaged system and have to re-install. Folks, just install from the repo's and don't add ppa's for things that aren't confirmed to work well with your system.
I did not install at 18, but I think will not problem. The repository supports 18 version.
x64 Linux Mint 18.1 cinnamon
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