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Friday, April 18, 2003

Finally! Non-Ugly Fonts

I finally figured out how to change the default "Sans" and "Sans Serif" fonts in Mandrake 9.1 (using fontconfig 2.x). Apparently it reads /etc/fonts/fonts.conf for this information. What I did was look for this comment in that file:

Provide required aliases for standard names

Under each section for serif, sans serif, and monospace, move the font name that you want as the default to the top of the list. By default, Mandrake 9.1 uses Nimbus Roman No9 L as its default serif font which is ugly as sin itself in italics, making sites like Slashdot nearly unreadable. All is better with the world now . . .

Bitstream Vera Fonts Released

Bitstream has released their free Vera font family. As you may recall, this was a special deal worked out between the Gnome foundation and Bitstream to release these fonts free of copyright issues. I've installed them and am trying them out with Mozilla. Thanks Slashdot.

Thursday, April 17, 2003

WineX 3.0 Released

Transgaming has released version 3.0 of WineX, their gaming fork of WINE. You can read the release notes and check out the official announcement thread. They switched to pthreads from glibc for threading so hopefully the glibc 2.3 problems have been fixed. Thanks Slashdot.

UPDATE! I tested it with the only game I currently play in WineX: Jedi Knight II. It does indeed seem to speed things up over WineX 2.x. If I didn't know any better, I'd swear that I was playing it under Windows. With all this talk of Half-Life, I'm toying with the idea of busting out my CDs and trying that one again.

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