Wednesday, July 02, 2008

» Freetype2 packages with subpixel hinting

openSUSE packages of the latest freetype2 (2.3.7) are available on, with subpixel hinting enabled. See SubpixelHinting for further details. YMP



Blogger Jonas said...

There's something wrong with the repo. I'm no expert (to put it mildly) on such things but YaST claims:

subpixel repository: valid metadata not found at specified URL(s).

-File /var/cache/zypp/raw/
ending with repomd.xml.key doesn't contain public key data.

Blogger طلال said...

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Blogger طلال said...

After I install it, I still don't see any deference! and I don't know why.

Also I try that tutorial before you edit without success :(

But In openSUSE 10.2 & 10.3 it was working perfect.

I using GNOME 2.22 and GTK2 pplications only.

Thank you for your great works.

Blogger DimiG said...

Thanks for help ;-)

Blogger josericardo said...

I'm having the same issues jonas had

Blogger Unknown said...

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Blogger Unknown said...

Every freetype2 copy build in the BS has subpixel rendering turned on.

Line 53 of freetype2.spec:
%define enable_subpixel_rendering 0%{?opensuse_bs}

So your package looks unnecessary to me.

(PS. I hate Blogger already.)

Blogger Unknown said...

The package is essentially useless. I installed it and didn't see any difference. I then installed some modified RPMs that I used for Mandriva and which came from the Fedora forums, they worked great. They incorporate the Hardy patches in libcairo and libXft.


Blogger James Ots said...

Qt 4 seems to have freetype compiled into it, so the subpixel hinting freetype packages don't make any difference in KDE 4. I guess we need to hack Qt as well...

Blogger طلال said...

Can you share us about it in openSUSE forums? :)


Blogger Unknown said...

I offered to share them on the forums...but recieved no response. I guess no one's interested I guess :)

I posted a screenshot of my Mandriva system at ( and can achieve a similar look using Opensuse 11.0 with GNOME. I posted some detailed instructions on the Mandriva forums and they can be easily used for Suse as well:- The instructions are at my last post.


Blogger طلال said...

Thanks Anshul, that's works with me on openSUSE 11.0, it was like what i had in opneSUSE 10.3 :)

Thanks alot..

Blogger brotsamen said...


I've troble with the repository also. Here is the output on the console using zypper on commandline:

Refreshing 'freetype2 with subpixel hinting'
Repository 'freetype2 with subpixel hinting' is invalid.
File /var/cache/zypp/raw/subpixelGy6zy2/repodata/repomd.xml.key doesn't contain public key data
Please, check if the URLs defined for this repository are pointing to a valid repository.
Skipping repository 'freetype2 with subpixel hinting' because of the above error.

Any hints to solve this problem?


Blogger Unknown said...

Gnome users need to install patched cairo as well.Grab it from the opensuse 10.3 update repo.I tried and it works.
Installing freetype2 packages will enable sub-pixel rendering in qt3 apps only since qt3 doesn't depend on cairo.If you are using kde then all is well :-)

Blogger Unknown said...

Sorry for the double post.
The above workaround is for opensuse 11.It seems like starting with this release ,the devs have decided to disable sub-pixel in cairo package as well.
I havent figured out how to enable sub-pixel rendering in Firefox 3.Firefox 3 is doing its own rendering just like openoffice :-(


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