[Mageia-dev] why not disable bytecode interpreter in freetype2 ?

Ahmad Samir ahmadsamir3891 at gmail.com
Wed May 11 18:15:41 CEST 2011

On 11 May 2011 14:03, Zé <mmodem00 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Yes i also agree that should exist this option, and AFAIK when patents
> were still active, it was needed to turn bytecode interpreter, and in
> that time fonts were smooth, speacially for whos used to use small
> fonts, but even for who uses bigger fonts, its always better to not
> have bytecode interpreter

How do you know what would look better for those who use bigger fonts
if you use small fonts yourself? :)

How do you know what would look better for other users who use small
fonts but different types of monitors, have different eyesight, i.e.
different preferences of how fonts looks best in their eyes?

> (by the way, still in mandriva 2010.1
> bytecode interpreter was off).

Because the patent hadn't expired yet when 2010.1 was released, and
2010.1 still uses freetype2-2.3.12 (and no one enabled the BCI after
the patent expired).

> 2011/5/11 Dimitrios Glentadakis <dglent at gmail.com>:
>> Στις Τετάρτη 11 Μάιος 2011 05:57:07 Zé γράψατε:
>>> In mandriva sincepatent expiration in freetype, fonts display wasnt
>>> smoth anymore and appeared ugly fonts, this used to exist just in
>>> plf..
>>> But since theres no patents issues pending, why not old rendering
>>> algorithms by default (disable bytecode interpreter), that way fonts
>>> will have a better rendering and look.
>>> This is most true for guys that are used to use small fonts, for
>>> example im used to use Sans size 8, like its now in mageia, they dont
>>> look very good and also appear smaller that if using bytecode
>>> interpreter disabled, so to be able to have a good rendering font
>>> look, i always repackage freetype2.
>>> Why not Mageia start using also bytecode interpreter disabled by default?
>> I reported a wish here:
>> https://bugs.mageia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1240
>> --
>> Dimitrios Glentadakis
> --

Ahmad Samir

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