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Font for operating system that looks good without smoothing

Nov 10, 2012 at 18:14

since I cannot look at smoothed (antialiased) fonts on low-dpi screens (such as 1600x900 at 15.6' - it looks like blurred) I turned smoothing off (kept hinting).
Current fonts, however, are designed to be smoothed (grayscale/rgb/...) so their unsmoothed version look pretty awful. Can you recommend fonts to use that looks good without smoothing ?
If it helps, my OS is ubuntu (I'm not restricted to fonts that are shipped with ubuntu)

Nov 10, 2012 at 19:50

Have you tried to configure ClearType on your Ubuntu instead of turning it off? There are quite a lot of options to modify, sure you can make it look better
On the other hand, Verdana, Tahoma or Segoe fonts that comes with Windows may do the trick

Nov 10, 2012 at 20:44

Referer2, have you checked this link ?

Asking about this on a specialized Ubuntu forum might be more helpful for you, since not a lot of people around here are running on a Linux system. But you never know though

Nov 10, 2012 at 21:46

I mean - it is more like font question. I'm not big fan of smoothing (even if configured optimally - I've seen Win7,new OSX,etc.) - WXP used tahoma (I think) - it was ok. I'm wondering if there is anything better than tahoma now.

I like profont, but it is suitable only for terminal (console) use.

Nov 10, 2012 at 21:48

Well, in that case you could try Bitmap fonts for a start ?

Nov 12, 2012 at 09:41

Do you have tried Verdana ?

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