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Re: Fonts using various screen resolutions

On Mon, May 27, 2002 at 02:50:56PM +0200, robian@wanadoo.nl wrote:
> Hi,
> I have been doing a lot of reading on de-uglifying fonts on X. I have installed truetype fonts, worked on xfs, tried different configurations in my applications.
> In the end it worked quite well, but nowhere near to what I was used to on that Other System. I was running 1280x1024 on my 19 inch monitor. Just for the heck of it I tried 1600x1200. Automagically all my fonts are
> now perfect. In fact browsing looks at least as good as IE/Mozilla on Win.
> The refresh rate of my screen is now a lot less. This is the only trade-off. 
> If I decide that the higher refresh rate is more important than the 1600x1200 refresh rate and go back to 1280x1024, I would like my fonts to stay the same. Does anyone know a way to do this? I don't
> want to manually change the order of all my fonts available to xfs or change any individual application but rather configure X and be done. Is this possible?
> I won't get used to the combination of the two words: Linux and automagically, I promise. But being rather new to the system, I have a lot to learn, install and configure. Working on fonts is just not sexy enough
> for me ;).
> Bob

An oft-repated suggestion - if you are using X > version 4 you don't
need a font server. You need to load the various modules for the types
of fonts you want - freetype, speedo, type1 etc. I think you can find
discussion threads on this if you can search the archives.

My fonts work just as good as the Other System. Of course, I run
1024x768 so maybe at a higher res the difference, if any, is more apparent.

A bit of advice from my own sufferings as a newbie: read up on the
theory, and whatever other documentation you can lay your hands on. You
will save yourself a lot of headbanging. I still remember the time when
I was a new user, and I was trying to get sound support to work on an
old SB card. I strugged 16 hours, doing the usual Window-ish things -
installing/ uninstalling, rebooting, everything short of banging on the
keyboard. Then I sat down to read up on the documentation: it was a
simple IRQ setting. Two minutes and two line-edits later I was a much
wiser man.

Good luck,

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