HOWTO install infinality font-settings for Debian

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Re: HOWTO install infinality font-settings for Debian

Postby squeeze » 2017-03-28 10:27

“Have you tried turning it off and on again?”
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Re: HOWTO install infinality font-settings for Debian

Postby DebbyIan » 2017-03-28 11:26

It's in the Experiment/RC repo. I compiled this and the fontconfig package independently and they seem stable as hell to me.
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Re: HOWTO install infinality font-settings for Debian

Postby stevepusser » 2017-03-28 19:02

As another data point, we released the Jessie-based MX 16 Linux with libfreetype6 2.7 and the modified fontconfig from this thread, and there have been zero problems with it.

I'll have to check to see how Debian configured their build, though.
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Re: HOWTO install infinality font-settings for Debian

Postby jim_p » 2017-05-01 03:50

So, I was browsing aur earlier, and I came across these

https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/free ... nfinality/
https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/free ... -ultimate/

I see some patches there. Does it mean we can have infinality back with freetype 2.7.x?
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Re: HOWTO install infinality font-settings for Debian

Postby DebbyIan » 2017-05-07 14:01

A generic question if I could pick on some of the knowledge and experiences here. With sub-pixel rgb rendering, ought to one be tripling the overall dpi resolution as well? The Xft.dpi value for Xorg.
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Re: HOWTO install infinality font-settings for Debian

Postby debiman » 2017-05-07 17:41

DebbyIan wrote:A generic question if I could pick on some of the knowledge and experiences here. With sub-pixel rgb rendering, ought to one be tripling the overall dpi resolution as well? The Xft.dpi value for Xorg.

i think you will notice the difference (HUGE fonts) so why not just try it?
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Re: HOWTO install infinality font-settings for Debian

Postby DebbyIan » 2017-05-08 16:42

I did but then you decrease the font size. But is tripling the dpi resolution the right thing to do? Whichever way you look at it scalable fonts never seem as sharp as bitmap fonts. There's always the overhanging issue of blurring and/or color fringing. Another issue is the way glyphs fade from their stem to a light gray at certain regions.
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Re: HOWTO install infinality font-settings for Debian

Postby debiman » 2017-05-09 17:54

^ depends on screen resolution.
also some of the inifinality settings have now been taken over to the "normal" freetype packages, but it seems they still need some manual configging. i know at least the color fringing can be tweaked away almost compltely.
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Re: HOWTO install infinality font-settings for Debian

Postby jim_p » 2017-05-15 05:09

So... freetype 2.8 is out and here are its changes. Can someone explain in plain words what should we expect? Will font rendering reach (at least) cleartype levels?

http://phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_ ... 8-Released
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Re: HOWTO install infinality font-settings for Debian

Postby debiman » 2017-05-17 05:09

^ not sure why you want to link a phoronic article.
freetype documentation is here:
https://sourceforge.net/projects/freety ... -docs/2.8/

anyhow i agree that it isn't so easy to find comprehensible advice on how to make fonts look good on linux desktops.

maybe archwiki is, once again, the best resource?

i don't know, one of these days i will have to read up on it myself. i think there's room for improvement for how fonts are rendered on my system.
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Re: HOWTO install infinality font-settings for Debian

Postby jim_p » 2017-05-17 12:24

The article on phoronix.com has some useful (and simple) info on the subject, while the files on sourceforge.net are just the sources to build the documentation of freetype and they do not even contain a changelog or something similar.
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Re: HOWTO install infinality font-settings for Debian

Postby BubuXP » 2017-05-17 12:41

I compiled last vanilla FreeType release, I didn't test the appearance of fonts very well, but I found with slight hinting a little improvement (maybe with full hinting it is better).
Also, last version of HarfBuzz is present.
Changelog: https://sourceforge.net/projects/freety ... type2/2.8/
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Re: HOWTO install infinality font-settings for Debian

Postby msimsek » 2017-05-22 15:13

I found 2.8 with medium hinting and lcd-default offers the best font rendering I have seen so far. Fontconfig is from Experimental. I enabled FT_CONFIG_OPTION_SUBPIXEL_RENDERING and used Infinality style.

Here is how it looks: https://i.hizliresim.com/ldn3Ap.png

Building was easy. Just use checkinstall and create a dummy package for libfreetype6-dev. Packages are here if you want to use them: https://ufile.io/0mekx But you should build them yourself, there is no reason to trust me.
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Re: HOWTO install infinality font-settings for Debian

Postby DebbyIan » 2017-05-22 23:06

dsc:

https://github.com/doa379/libfreetype6-2.8-

Settings could be tweaked to one's wit end. But if the fonts aren't well hinted in the first place then there's little point in going mad with settings. I'm finding some issues with fonts in the Debian repos. I'm having to download the very same font families from fonts.google.com instead and getting marginally (marginally) better results.
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Re: HOWTO install infinality font-settings for Debian

Postby jim_p » 2017-05-29 04:05

Despite the fact that my last question on freetype 2.7 and infinality remains unanswered, I will make a new one.

Freetype 2.8 + infinality patches on aur. Any chance of making one for debian?
https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/free ... -ultimate/
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