Managing Gnome Fonts


Article from Issue 55/2005

Linux’s text display still suffers from legacy issues, but it is well on the way to

recovering. This article explains how Fontconfig, X, and Gnome work together for

a brighter future.

Despite the amazing progress

Linux has made over the last few

years, many users still complain

of ugly fonts on the Linux desktop. The

reasons for this are not always easy to

find, as many software components

combine to put what a user perceives as

letters on the computer screen.

A variety of different programs handle

different tasks in different scenarios. For

example, the software components

responsible for displaying text in a textbased

console are completely different

from the ones used by the X system. And

even X has many different approaches to

handling fonts.

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