Fixing Fedora Core 5 (FC5) Fonts

As you may or may not know, the fonts that come with all Fedora distributions are not as good as they could be. Some of the reason for that is patent related. There are some solutions though.

  1. The first step is to install msttcorefonts. You can find the rpm for FC5 and instructions for doing so here.
  2. The next step is to recompile freetype. Unfortunately, the freetype that comes with Fedora Core comes with the bytecode interpreter turned off. You can fix the problem by recompilingfreetype. Instructions for doing so can be found here. Just make sure you get the correct version for the freetype source rpm.
  3. Modify the font options in your window manager. I use KDE, and will detail the instructions for KDE here. Open Control Center -> Appearance & Themes -> Fonts.
    • Adjust the fonts to use MS fonts.
      • Tahoma and Veranda make good choices for standard fonts and sans-serif fonts.
      • Georgia makes a good choice for a serif font.
      • LucidaTypewriter is a good choice for a fixed width font.
    • In addition, you’ll want to configure anti-aliasing and hinting. The configuration depends on your monitor and your preferences.
      • For my 19″ CRT, I do the following
        • I enable the anti-aliasing for fonts box.
        • Next I configure anti-aliasing.
          • I don’t set any exclude range.
          • I set hinting to Medium.
      • For my 17″ LCD, I do the following.
        • Again, I enable the anti-aliasing for fonts box.
        • Then, I configure anti-aliasing.
          • I set an exclude range of something like 8pt to 15pt.
          • I set the hinting style to Full.
          • Finally, I enable RGB sub-pixel hinting.
  4. If you’re using KDE and Firefox, you will want to make some changes because Firefox is not QT-based.
    • Install the gtk-qt-engine. It helps improve the look of Firefox under KDE. You can find gtk-qt-engine here*. You can also get the RPM using yum.
    • Run gnome-font-properties and make default font selections for Firefox. In addition, run the gnome-settings-daemon whenever you start KDE. Instructions for doing so are a the bottom of the page at this link.

*The referenced link only seems to work intermittently. If it is not working, try this from the Wayback Machine.

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~ by Ryan Lefever on April 1, 2006.

One Response to “Fixing Fedora Core 5 (FC5) Fonts”

  1. […] For example, for KDE users, the method suggested here to configure your Firefox fonts will not directly work if you switch to 32-bit […]

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