I’ve been using Linux Mint 17.3 for some time, and then Ubuntu 16.04 was released. I have this problem, you know, like, if there is any distro release, I have to install it and use it. Be it Linux Mint, Ubuntu, Fedora, or whatever.
So I installed Ubuntu 16.04. It was nice, for a while, then came quite a lot of bugs ( It’s an LTS release for God’s sake ).
So I ditched Ubuntu and decided to go back to Fedora 23 KDE. And I did.
Fedora is awesome. I mean, so many people underestimate Fedora and the work done by the good people at RedHat and the Fedora devs. It has the best hardware support, easily available packages, better performance ( Thanks to the latest versions of Linux Kernel, and other packages)
But, one thing I hated about Fedora, and loved about Ubuntu is the font rendering. The guys at Canonical did a very good job and the UI is well polished. For Fedora, the fonts are ugly, at least for me. It looks distorted, no matter what font you use.
I did spend a lot of time trying to fix this poor font rendering and I was able to do it, after a couple of hours :/
Applies to : Fedora 22, 23, ( Possibly any newer version )
How to Fix poor font rendering
Step 1 : Open a terminal and install the
sudo dnf install freetype-freeworld
If you get any error like “package not found”, you need to install the RPMFusion repository
Install RPMFusion Repository
This is for Fedora 21 and above
su -c 'dnf install http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-$(rpm -E %fedora).noarch.rpm'
Once the Repository is installed, install the package as mentioned in Step 1
Step 2 : Now that you have installed the required package, open the file
/etc/fonts/local.conf using your favourite text editor and paste the following content into it, and save the file.
Step 3 : Reboot!
Once you login again, you should be greeted with a better renderd font. Have fun.