Unreasonable Defaults

Tuesday December 12, 2005
This is really just some useless whining, but my name is glyph, for goodness sake. Sometimes I just need to complain about fonts.

Firefox for Linux always seems to ship with the crappiest possible font configuration. Why? This is what the fonts look like by default on a fresh install of Firefox 1.5, and also in Ubuntu's unreleased "Dapper" distribution's current 1.5 package.


Now, here is the same text rendered using fonts that are packaged with the distribution, and in fact, almost all Linux distributions these days:


"FreeMono", "FreeSans", and "monospace". Was that really so hard?