Fedora 20 HOWTO – Nicer fonts on LCD

Fedora 20 HOWTO – Nicer fonts on LCD

Ok, let’s be honest. By default, Fedora’s fonts look terrible on LCD displays.
The font itself is not a problem. Font looks fine. But the default antialias settings aren’t good.

Note: I am using the Cinnamon desktop environment so it is possible, that setting in other environments could be better.

I did few experiments and found the ideal settings (from my point of view):


  1. Open the Cinnamon’s “System Settings”
  2. In section “Appearance” select the “Fonts” item
  3. For option “Hinting” set the “Slight”
  4. For option “Antialiasing” set the “Rgba”
  5. Now open a terminal and run the command: echo "Xft.lcdfilter: lcddefault" > ~/.Xresources
  6. Reboot the system

Note: The step with “Xft.lcdfilter: lcddefault” > ~/.Xresources” command is the most important one!


After the reboot, run the command “xrdb -query” and check if the output match the desired settings.

$ xrdb -query
Xft.dpi: 96
Xft.hinting: 1
Xft.hintstyle: hintslight
Xft.lcdfilter: lcddefault
Xft.antialias: 1
Xft.rgba: rgb

One thought on “Fedora 20 HOWTO – Nicer fonts on LCD

  1. Will this trick work on the login screen as well or just for the particular user whose home directory actually contains .Xresources or in other words will the lcddefault filter be applied universally?

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