[Fontconfig] Font configuration - Debian Sarge.

Ambrose Li acli at ada.dhs.org
Sun Feb 13 13:56:37 EST 2005

I share the same feelings.  It took me *days* to figure out
how to configure fontconfig when I was forced to switch over.
Before I figured out that things could be tweaked (and how to
tweak them), I was actually complaining that fonts had become
much uglier than before.

Of course, now I'm ok with fontconfig... :-)

But on a Debian system there is the extra variable of defoma
too: good for prepackaged fonts, but a real hassle for self-
installed fonts.

On Thu, Feb 10, 2005 at 07:25:57PM -0500, cga wrote:
> What I meant was that the extra features provided by  fontconfig  (aa.. 
> auto-hinting..) add more variables to the text rendering equation and it 
> has now become almost impossible to tweak fonts w/o access to an 
> interactive tool such as the one provided by the gnome & kde desktops.  
> It's no longer just a matter of installing a decent screen font and 
> editing a few files to specify the font, font size & fontstyle to 
> GTK/KDE apps like it w/ older releases of XFree. Naturally if you 
> already know which /etc/fonts/local.conf settings are optimal for your 
> display entering the xml is trivial. But the point I'm arguing is that 
> for someone who does not want/need the features provided by fontconfig 
> it makes matters a lot more difficult  - especially if you are not a 
> gnome/KDE user.

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