Linux font rendering (like it's 1999)

Barry Roberts blr at
Fri Jan 24 14:17:44 MST 2020

Replying to self: It wasn't font rendering.

I was looking at screenshot in my browser on the 24" monitor, and it
looked terrible, and I realized that font rendering wasn't the

I tried a few things to determine if I had a hardware issue, and if
the 24" monitor is plugged in to either HDMI port, it looks ugly, but
plugged into displayport, it looks fine.  Got a new displayport cable
from the help desk, and the problem is solved.

i don't know if my HDMI cable went bad when I got the new NUC, or if
there's some subtle but infuriating interaction between the AMD card,
HDMI, and this monitor, but switching to DP fixed it.


On Thu, Jan 9, 2020 at 3:43 PM Barry Roberts <blr at> wrote:
> I just got a new Intel NUC at work, and installed Fedora 31 on it.
> Same monitors as before (HP 30", and HP 24") but some fonts look
> TERRIBLE on the 24" monitor. If I do a screen shot with GIMP, they
> look the same.  I dunno if that's because a screen capture triggers a
> different render.
> But it's bad enough that it's visible on a cell phonetograph of my monitors:
> The 24" monitor with ugly fonts is on the right.
> Anybody have any idea what would cause that?
> Thanks,
> Barry

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