[Newbies] Why is the UI so blurry on Linux?

David Mitchell david.mitchell at gmail.com
Fri Aug 15 14:15:05 UTC 2008

I run on Linux and Windows regularly. There is no difference in how
fonts are rendered in a stock Squeak. My screen looks exactly like

The difference in the crispness is driven by the different fonts. Some
of the stock fonts are blurry. You can install new fonts or pick a
different font for the flap icons (e.g., you could use the balloon
help font everywhere).

Overview of fonts in squeak:

FreeType gives you access to whatever fonts are installed on your
system. Can lead to platform dependencies (since it runs native code
to render the fonts).Current state of FreeType Plus for squeak:

Juan has found a kind of middle path for fonts. Not as flexible as
FreeType, but better looking on all platforms out of the box. This is
part of his Morphic 3.0 work.

On Fri, Aug 15, 2008 at 6:22 AM, Felix Dorner <felix_do at web.de> wrote:
> I posted a screenshot here:
> http://image-fast.com/image/75d95183/linux.png
> The shot was taken of Squeak3.10-7159-basic.image running on
> Squeak3.10beta of 22 July 2007 [latest update: #7159]
> I guess a lot of people would say it looks okay, but I'd like it to look better/cleaner.
> Its actually cool that the help bubble shows up too, so you can compare the font quality. It looks like the Icons are simply scaled down versions of actual window instances. But also the Labels look
> like scaled-down graphics. I currently don't have a Windows Squeak installed, maybe someone could post a screenshot of the Windows equivalent, so that we could compare?
> Thanks,
> Felix
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