Originally Posted by rdieter
A couple of points:
1 I believe the smoothing mentioned here is patented and nonfree, and not supported by fedora's freetype. If you really want it, you can get freetype-freeworld from rpmfusion.org for enabled support
2 be aware that ubuntu's "special patches" aren't accepted or supported by upstream projects (freetype, etc...),
1) Yes, nearly everything which affects subpixel hinting in any way is patented by Apple or Microsoft. Anyway, there are a lot of countries in the world where software patents are not valid (like EU). The freetype-freeworld package from rpmfusion does not contain the same subpixel hinting patches like ubuntu's. And, you also have to patch cairo libxft and fontconfig to get nice hinted fonts.
2) That's right.
Originally Posted by userid
anyway, good font rendering is just too much important so that even a good os may lose appeal without it.. at canonical they have understood it well
That is exactly my opinion, too. But Fedora's philosophy is (and always was) to provide only free software. From this view Fedora is at least consistent.