[kde-solaris] KDE 3.1.3, Solaris 9 and anti-aliased fonts

Mirko Raner mirko at raner.ws
Fri May 28 08:19:52 CEST 2004

Hi all,

I am running Solaris 9 (SPARC) and downloaded the pre-built KDE 3.1.3 
packages a while ago. First of all, I have to say that KDE runs like a 
charm, and I'm very happy with it! Thanks to all who are involved in the 
KDE/Solaris porting effort!
There is one little thing that I can't quite get to work, and that is 
anti-aliased font rendering.
When I initially installed KDE, I enabled the anti-aliasing feature, and 
the Fonts Control Module has the option 'Use anti-aliasing for fonts' 
enabled. Unfortunately, neither the window titles, nor the menus, nor 
any text at all is anti-aliased. The only exception is OpenOffice, which 
apparently uses its own rendering mechanism. Also, I can see 
anti-aliased previews in the Font Installer Control Module, but that's it.
I am little confused about how the whole anti-aliasing is actually 
implemented. Apparently, KDE, Qt, libXrender, and Xfs all somehow need 
to work together to make this work. I do not have Xfs installed, and I'm 
not quite sure where to get it (nor am I sure whether I really need it; 
I read different things about that). It appears to me that Xfs is 
somewhat tied to XFree86, which, again, I don't have on my machine.
To make a long story short: if somebody out there has successfully 
enabled font anti-aliasing with KDE 3.1 and Solaris 9, please let me how 
you did it!

Thanks a lot,


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