Ugly ugly CJK fonts on Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala)

I’ve been on a hiatus for a while.. I’ve been learning so many tricks with Unix and Perl at work and not blogging about them, because there’s so many.

I upgraded my work machine from 9.04-desktop-i386 to 9.10-desktop-i386 using ubuntu-9.10-alternate-i386 and I noticed that the CJK font in some apps (like Firefox) got way uglier. If you remove the ttf-wqy-zenhei package, it will return itself to the old font. I hear that it’s because it won’t let you modify the fontconfig and assign preferences to fonts.. =P


4 Responses to “Ugly ugly CJK fonts on Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala)”

  1. Dakanya Says:

    I think you can modify them, it’s just a much more tedious and complicated process to do so now u_u

    Giving up and finding out about removing ttf-wqy-zenhei the next day was much less of a hassle

  2. rwong48 Says:

    yeah i picked it up from your twitter hahaha.. i should’ve credited you but /lazy

    whats weird is it took me 3-4 days to notice, and i notice these things quickly, so it must’ve been a post-9.10-release update that did it?

    i should’ve taken some screenshots..

  3. wt8008 Says:


    I suggest removing the link to /etc/fonts/conf.d/66-wqy-zenhei-sharp.conf to prevent the bitmap option to the wqy font, instead of removing the package. That is the default Chinese font package, so I am not sure what would happen to your Chinese fonts.

  4. rwong48 Says:

    yeah this is a really bad hacked out solution :(

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