Another take on font rendering

October 27, 2008

Found on the Tombuntu blog

Tom describes ways of getting hinting to work by using the fonts.conf files – I wonder how this differs from my previous post about readability where I ran:

sudo ln -sf /etc/fonts/conf.avail/10-autohint.conf /etc/fonts/conf.d/

Found from another blog (

Will test when I get bored… 🙂


Improve readability in Ubuntu 8.10

October 24, 2008

I was trying to read a page and saw that the font rendering was terrible and hard to read. Found a partial solution here “How to Achieve Nice Font Rendering in Ubuntu Hardy

It didn’t make the world a perfect place, but it certainly improved the readability as seen in the example below. In the first pic some letters are practically printed on each other, while in the second the spacing between characters has been notably improved.

Improve text rendering, hinting of fonts

Improve text rendering, hinting of fonts

Getting Firefox to work as it did…

October 22, 2008

Today I find that one of the most annoying things when I change computers is that I loose all my Firefox settings. Since I still have access to the old disk that I used before my previous installation attempt I decided to move the settings. This was really dead-simple.
in /home/user/.mozilla/firefox
there should be a folder called “xxxxxxx.default” and a file called profiles.ini.
The “xxxxxxx.default” is the folder containing all the settings and this is the one to move to the same location on the new computer.
The file profiles.ini contains a pointer to the folder (its possible to have several folders since Firefox handles different profiles) I just moved this file as well and it worked out fine. Afterwards I deleted the folder Firefox had generated. The profiles.ini could also be manually:



Quite simple to understand.


October 22, 2008

Partitioning was done manually and based on unclear thoughts as well as unconfirmed facts gathered on the net. This is how I chose to do it:

/boot 100 MB ext2
/tmp 5 GB ext2
(someone, somewhere once wrote that it was a good idea to keep boot and tmp separate in ext2 since for some reason journalling would be bad. Don’t know really, please enlighten me if you can).
/ 60 GB JFS
/home 200 GB JFS
(someone, somewhere once wrote that JFS was faster than Reiser which I have been using previously. Feels kinda awkward to use Reiser these days anyways, look for Hans Reiser in Wikipedia if you don’t know about it..)

I also kept around 50 GB that I might end up using as a raw disk for Windows in Virtualbox.