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24 November 2009

Anti-aliased fonts in Wine

Anti-aliased fonts in Wine seem to be disabled by default. This leads to some pretty ugly font rendering. (No flames, please. If you don't like anti-aliased fonts, then please move along.)

An almost-in-passing comment on this post tells you an easy way to turn on anti-aliasing. I tried it on my Ubuntu Jaunty installation, and it seems to work fine. To spare you the need to reference and hunt and peck the original post, here's what I did:

  1. Open the file ~/.wine/user.reg in a text editor.
  2. Change the entry "FontSmoothing"="0" to "FontSmoothing"="1"
  3. Close your text editor
  4. There is no fourth step.
Enjoy.

Later addition: There is a more comprehensive discussion of enabling anti-aliasing (including ClearType) here.

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