Having installed Fedora 17, the fonts still not feel smooth enough...

I've tried this, and they improved a lot, still I don't get Windows like smoothness.

Using a Java IDE, called intellij so font rendering is very important.

Any ideas on how to get them better? Using 24" display, 1920 x 1200 res

It's basically this question updated for Fedora 17 (procedure there did not make much change)

Here is a sample:

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Here is a Consolas font (In Windows) (is different, I don't have the same font in Linux)

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  • Did that... tried to remove hinting with FontForge but could not do it :( Validation error, Fedora does not recognize it.
    – jacktrades
    Jan 29, 2013 at 22:37
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    Your second image showing the Consolas font looks terrible. The first image is much better. Perhaps one is a low quality JPEG? Jan 29, 2013 at 23:36
  • Don't know why, but the second snapshot actually looks great...
    – jacktrades
    Jan 30, 2013 at 0:42

1 Answer 1


Check this instruction on how to change fedoras font-rendering and achieve an ubuntu-like result.

However, there is a specific issue with Java and Linux, or rather with Swing: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/8402797/swing-font-rendering


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