Fonts (Firefox/Windows & Firefox/Linux)

Todd Zullinger tmz at
Tue Nov 27 00:32:27 UTC 2007

Jorge Fábregas wrote:
> Thanks Todd!

No problem.

> Interesting that you have your dpi set to 100 in the gnome-settings.
> I guess that matches with what you have on /etc/X11/Xresources.  I
> have mine set to 96 dpi.

I didn't change that.  It's just what the F8 install defaulted to.  I
don't recall where I read it, but I believe that instead of always
defaulting to 96dpi, the gnome font setup now uses some heuristic to
try and divine a proper dpi from the monitor size or other details.
For some folks, it's made their fonts way too big.  I can tell that
mine are slightly larger than in F7, but not much, since the change
was just from 96 to 100 dpi.

> You can try it some day but remember to enable freetype in Firefox.
> Check the firefox configuration here (at the end):
> I'm a rookie when it comes to fonts...but I guess that Firefox uses
> its own font renderer UNLESS you make it use freetype by enabling it
> in the about:config.

That I didn't know.  I had experimented with building the freetype
package with the bytecode interpreter and subpixel rendering enabled
when F7 came out, but I didn't think they improved my fonts much.  I
actually ended up using the older freetype package from FC6.

Thanks for the tip about Firefox.  Someday when I'm screwing with my
fonts I hope I'll remember that. :)

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