I've been a long-time hold out on my WinXP and Win7(ClearType Tuner Off) laptops as my daily computing machines. Within the constraints of my 63 year-old eyes and variable bifocals, I perceived the on-screen font rendering as sharp. Even Old Curmudgeons are eventually forced to move on, so for several months I've been trying to shift more and more of my hours per day onto a Linux Mint laptop. As I've done this my feelings of eyestrain, perception that I am struggling with the fonts being in sharp focus, and number of headaches have increased. I recognize that the fonts seem smoothly rendered, but they don't seem sharp.
My searches so far have found both windows and linux users complaining about font sharpness since (at least) the arrival of LCD display color sub-pixel anti-aliasing. While it seems like there is a substantial dissatisfied minority, the arguments with respect to why and how to address things go racing off in countless directions (e.g., color fringing, too much smoothing, failure to 'do the math' with high enough resolution, temporal anti-aliasing, interactions with display brightness/contrast/frame rate/color balance, GPUs behaving badly, its all in your mind, no it isn't, Microsoft's research proved this was Grrreat, this mucking around with config files make it so much better, tried your changes can't see any difference, nobody wants to try and fix X11, etc., etc., etc).
Before I spend days/weeks trying changes to see if it helps my eyestrain and headaches, I'll ask a few perhaps naive questions:
- Is there some best-practice guide or tutorial that I just haven't been able to find along the lines of, "How to Make Your System's Font-Rendering go Old-School," (less anti-aliased, whatever it might be called?
- Some of what I've waded through already suggests that browsers (or in the case of Mozilla, the code collection that is Firefox and Thunderbird) may be doing their own thing, not using the OS/system libraries ... Is this correct?
- Does this "Wayland" critter I've seen mentioned have any play against my issues?
- If anyone wants to tell me I'm on a hopeless quest, is there an alternative path, something like picking entirely different system and browser fonts that people find sharper?