After years of developing on Windows (.NET) I kept hearing about all these new kids on the block using Ruby and Python. Since I wanted to try them I thought it would be nice to check out Linux at the same time. I heard a lot about Ubuntu so I am running Ubuntu 10.04 with VMware.
Everything worked supprisingly well and I didn't have any big problems until I tried browsing some webpages with Ubuntu. It feels like I am browsing the web without my glasses or that I am back on my old CRT monitor.
This is Windows Chrome vs Ubuntu Chrome. As you can see the Linux version is a little more blurry and the AA isn't that crisp. I did search Google a bit and found a lot of posts that said to edit the
fonts.conf file but that doesn't seem to change anything. I also tried changing the rendering modes (Monochrome, Best shapes, Best contrast and Subpixel smoothing) but that didn't help either.
Since I might be doing some web development with Linux in the future it's fairly important to me that the fonts look the same as in Windows.
I'm not sure that this example has anything to do with AA - it seems that the font is just smaller on Linux.
Edit: I remember reading that Safari had font problems too. I found these two blog posts:
I wonder if Ubuntu is 'respecting' the grid as well and if I can turn this off.