Readability of system fonts

Many operating systems, like Zorin OS, designate Arimo as an alternative font to Helvetica. However, since I have astigmatism, it is difficult for me to read Arimo with its tight letter spacing. I think it is undesirable from an accessibility point of view that the system uses such fonts and that they cannot be easily changed.
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Hi Hackgets, which one of these takes your fancy? I'll install it on my Zorin and do a tutorial on how to change system-wide fonts.

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My point is that since Zorin OS has a beautiful UI, more care should be taken with the default font settings.

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I appreciate what you are saying. I've always argued that users with limited function should be the baseline to which all OS's and Applications are created.

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I'm glad you understand. Since Zorin OS appeals to replace Windows, it is not desirable to require users to have knowledge of Linux. Therefore, I hope that the default configuration will satisfy many people.

Arimo is compatible with Helvetica and Arial in character width, but it looks cramped trying to make the letters look bigger in a limited space. I like Inter because it is designed for readability and is still beautiful.

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I have some suggestions.

  • Disable font config in /usr/share/fontconfig. Web browsers will use their default if they cannot find the font specified by the website. That may screw up the look of the web page, but that is because of the inflexible design of that site, not the fault of the OS.
  • Allow font substitution to be configured by GUI like Font Manager. I am already using Font Manager, but it is difficult to use because it gets stuck frequently.
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I wonder if that is because it is not embedded in the system. No freezes of Font Manager in Plasma (KDE) on Devuan 3.1.1.

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@swarfendor437 GNOME Fonts can't even uninstall fonts. I think inability to manage fonts properly by default is the worst shortcoming of Zorin OS.

If you install KDE (Plasma) that shortcoming goes away! :wink:

@swarfendor437 I'm new to Linux-based operating systems and don't know enough about them, so I don't intend to make any major changes like changing the desktop environment.

Installing KDE doesn't change Gnome - it just adds another option to the cog at login.