Linux Equivalent to Microsoft's ClearType Application?

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Linux Equivalent to Microsoft's ClearType Application?

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Hi,

Does any one know if there is a Linux equivalent application to Microsoft's ClearType?

I've just installed Linux Mint and have made the appropriate setting in the Control Panel's 'Appearance Preferences\Fonts (tab) but I'm still thinking that if there is a Linux Cleartype application that I'd like to try it out.
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Re: Linux Equivalent to Microsft's ClearType Application?

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I think setting Aliasing to RGBA is enough. I prefer it over ClearType, which makes it impossible to use other fonts in Windows 7 :D
You can try some fonts to see which look best to you. IMO the default font (Sans) looks too "fat", so I use Droid Sans, size 9 - small but looks very elegant.
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Re: Linux Equivalent to Microsft's ClearType Application?

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abnvolk wrote:I think setting Aliasing to RGBA is enough. I prefer it over ClearType, which makes it impossible to use other fonts in Windows 7 :D
You can try some fonts to see which look best to you. IMO the default font (Sans) looks too "fat", so I use Droid Sans, size 9 - small but looks very elegant.
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Re: Linux Equivalent to Microsft's ClearType Application?

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Radish wrote:Does any one know if there is a Linux equivalent application to Microsoft's ClearType?
Yes. It's called Infinality.

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$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:no1wantdthisname/ppa
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade
$ sudo apt-get install ttf-mscorefonts-installer
$ sudo apt-get install fontconfig-infinality
Once it's installed, simply choose from the Microsoft fonts as your default fonts in the user interface. The only thing you won't get is a chooser application similar to the ClearType app from MS, but a little bit of experimenting with anti-alias settings will get the same results. Actually, I think the infinality font rendering engine is far superior to MS ClearType.
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Re: Linux Equivalent to Microsft's ClearType Application?

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Many thanks for that catweazel.
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Re: Linux Equivalent to Microsft's ClearType Application?

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catweazel wrote:
Radish wrote:Does any one know if there is a Linux equivalent application to Microsoft's ClearType?
Yes. It's called Infinality.

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$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:no1wantdthisname/ppa
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade

$ sudo apt-get install ttf-mscorefonts-installer
This line does not work.
I cannot click <ok>

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Re: Linux Equivalent to Microsft's ClearType Application?

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ichido wrote:$ sudo apt-get install ttf-mscorefonts-installer
This line does not work.
I cannot click <ok>
Of course not. It's not a GUI app. Use tab and press enter.
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Re: Linux Equivalent to Microsft's ClearType Application?

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catweazel wrote: Of course not. It's not a GUI app. Use tab and press enter.
Thanks for the hints and infinality tip! I'm also trying to feedback the infinality people to please include that notice on the installation window for newbies.

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Re: Linux Equivalent to Microsft's ClearType Application?

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Are there different installation steps on MInt 19? I am getting:
:~$ sudo apt-get install fontconfig-infinality
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package fontconfig-infinality
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Re: Linux Equivalent to Microsoft's ClearType Application?

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