Ubuntu Style Font Rendering
This repo provides Ubuntu style font rendering for OpenSUSE by implementing Ubuntu's versions of fontconfig and freetype2 for enhanced font presentation with subpixel rendering. This repo is currently based on Ubuntu's 17.10 Artful Aardvark release and is updated periodically with Ubuntu's latest versions.
Install as follows:
1) Add one of the following repository links using YaST or zypper according to your OS version:
The packages from this repo that should be used are: fontconfig, fontconfig-32bit, libfreetype6 and libfreetype6-32bit.
Beginning with Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark the default freetype2 package used by Ubuntu has changed to include hinting in addition to subpixel rendering and which is implemented in the above repositories. According to your own personal preferences, the font rendering is generally considered to be neither better or worse with hinting but simply different. Generally speaking, the new font rendering with hinting causes the fonts to appear bolder whereas the older font rendering without hinting appear crisper. If you prefer the crisper font rendering in earlier versions of Ubuntu (prior to 17.10 with subpixel rendering but without hinting) then use the following SPRE repository links:
The packages from the SPRE repo that should be used are: libfreetype6 and libfreetype6-32bit. The SPRE repo is based on OpenSUSE's factory version of freetype2 with subpixel rendering enabled and hinting disabled and which works well with the OpenSUSE stock version of fontconfig.
Note: Tumbleweed users no longer need to use the "Advanced" repo for freetype-2.7.1 since the above repos are based on freetype-2.8 which works well with Tumbleweed and does not conflict with the harfbuzz package. All users should switch from the "Advanced" repos to the above repos since the "Advanced" repos are no longer supported.
2) Switch packages to one of the above repos with either YaST or the command line as follows:
Software Management > Repositories > This Repo > Switch system packages > Accept
Using the command line:
sudo zypper dup --from <This Repo>
4) Verify that the following content is included in ~/.config/fontconfig/fonts.conf and/or
<!DOCTYPE fontconfig SYSTEM 'fonts.dtd'>
<edit mode="assign" name="rgba">
<edit mode="assign" name="hinting">
<edit mode="assign" name="hintstyle">
<edit mode="assign" name="antialias">
<edit mode="assign" name="lcdfilter">
Edit the hintstyle in ~/.config/fontconfig/fonts.conf and/or /etc/fonts/local.conf and try each available setting: "hintslight", "hintmedium", "hintfull". "hintmedium" is the default value and which usually produces the best results.
You should logout/login after changing the font configuration.
Alternatively, you can use your desktop environment's GUI to set the font configuration. For example, with KDE, go to Font Settings and enable anti-aliasing > Configure > RGB > Slight/Medium/Full.
5) For best results, you should also install a robust font package such as a set of MS truetype fonts. You can install additional fonts from an existing Windows installation in /usr/share/fonts/ or use the OpenSUSE package, fetchmsttfonts, which provides a selection of freely available MS truetype fonts including Ariel, Verdana and Times New Roman.