June 12, 2014

How to get gorgeous looking fonts on Linux Mint

In this post I am going to show you how to optimize font rendering on Linux Mint to get the best looking fonts. Linux Mint uses the Sans font by default on the desktop, that do not look that very nice on lcd monitors.
So we shall do some tweaks to get great looking fonts on the desktop. The tweaks involve the following changes
1. Use Droid fonts on desktop
2. Use Noto fonts as default for web browsers. This is done by mapping the generic sans and serif families to Noto Sans and Noto Serif respectively.
3. Tweak antialiasing settings for individual fonts via the .fonts.conf file to make them look as good as possible. Most of these tweaks are for fonts that appear on webpage.
We did the same thing to Ubuntu earlier in a previous post

So lets do it.
1. Install Droid and Noto fonts
The first step is to install the Droid and Noto fonts. Both of them a super excellent fonts that render very well even on low dpi displays when applied with proper antialiasing settings.
$ sudo apt-get install fonts-droid fonts-noto
2. Configure fonts for desktop
Now configure Linux Mint to use the Droid fonts for desktop environment. Go to System Settings > Fonts...

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