default Chinese font changed in LM 19, very hard to read - where can I configure it?

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cinnabert
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default Chinese font changed in LM 19, very hard to read - where can I configure it?

Post by cinnabert » Thu Sep 13, 2018 2:06 pm

I use my system in Chinese and English, English as the system language, but Chinese/English for input. fcitx is my input system of choice. Simple/Traditional Chinese language packs are all installed, fcitx Chinese input works.

However: I upgraded from Linux Mint 18.3 Cinnamon to LM 19 Cinnamon and had to discover that the default Chinese font has changed. Now It is very hard to read, especially on HiDPi (examples from my terminal and a website).

I googled the hell out of this problem, but I can't figure out where the configuration file for this is. Where on earth do I decide which font is used, but only for the Chinese fonts?
  • This site suggests to adapt something in /etc/fonts/font.conf (which others and the file itself warn against).
  • Some suggest editing ~/.config/fontconfig/, but the folder fontconfig doesn't exist on my (nearly freshly installed) LM. I created it, added some file as the second link suggest, but it didn't work.
  • I found a file in /usr/share/fontconfig/conf.avail called 70-fonts-noto-cjk.conf, but I'm not sure what to do with it.
Do you have any solution to this?

TL;DR: If I have a second, non-Latin language installed on LM 19 Cinnamon which I use parallel to the system default, where do I configure its default font?

Bonus question: a change to the default Chinese font might be a thing to do in a further release, should I suggest it?

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Re: default Chinese font changed in LM 19, very hard to read - where can I configure it?

Post by jaymot » Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:56 pm

Preferences/Fonts?
Mint 19 Tara Cinnamon, Asus Zenbook UX303UB, 12GiB 1.6GHz DDR3 RAM, 1TiB HD, Intel Skylake & GeForce 940M GPUs, Intel Core i7 mobile CPU

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