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

Stefan Teleman steleman at nyc.rr.com
Fri May 28 09:30:12 CEST 2004

You can enable TrueType antialiased fonts in Solaris 9:


I would recommend that you upgrade to the KDE 3.1.4 packages available 
from one of the KDE mirrors (ibiblio usually has very fast download 
pipes). KDE 3.1.3 was the first working build, and 3.1.4 comes with 
many significant improvements over 3.1.3. The big huge kderequired 
package comes with freetype, fontconfig and ttmkfdir, which you will 
need in order to enable antialiasing.

You do not need to go through all the steps described in the above 
link. Only the configuration steps at the end are necessary (starting 
with the "Adding Fonts to your Account" section). 

After configuring your fonts directories, please make sure to add the 
font path of the newly configured TrueType fonts directory to xset 
fp+ in ${KDE}/bin/startkde.

I have installed on my Solaris 9 box the TrueType fonts from 
http://www.1001freefonts.com/ (which has 2000 fonts actually), and 
they work.



On Friday 28 May 2004 02:19, Mirko Raner wrote:
> 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,
> Mirko
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