First of all, thank you very much for everyone involved in making & maintaining this amazing distro.
Its one of the few Debian based distros that follows the KISS principle and provides a fully configured Debian distro with adding any extra softwares and letting the user install as per their preference which results in less bloat and more speed & stability.
And its been a long time since I posted here, so I don't know if this is the appropriate section to request for package upgrades. So I request the mods to kindly move it to the appropriate section if its not the correct section.
I would like to request to upgrade freetype (and related) packages to v2.7 or later as v2.7 uses a new hinting mode as the default and it makes a huge difference in the font rendering, especially in web browsers.
I thought that freetype will be upgraded to atleast 2.7 for stretch but I don't know why it wasn't upgraded.CHANGES BETWEEN 2.6.5 and 2.7 I.
Source: https://sourceforge.net/projects/freety ... type2/2.7/
- 1- As announced earlier, the 2.7.x series now uses the new subpixel hinting mode as the default, emulating a modern version of ClearType.
This change inevitably leads to different rendering results, and you might change the `TT_CONFIG_OPTION_SUBPIXEL_HINTING' configuration option to adapt it to your taste (or use the new `FREETYPE_PROPERTIES' environment variable). See the corresponding entry below for version 2.6.4, which gives more information.
2- A new option `FT_CONFIG_OPTION_ENVIRONMENT_PROPERTIES' has been introduced. If set (which is the default), an environment variable `FREETYPE_PROPERTIES' can be used to control driver properties.
Example:This allows to select, say, the subpixel hinting mode at runtime for a given application. See file `ftoption.h' for more.
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FREETYPE_PROPERTIES=truetype:interpreter-version=35 \ cff:no-stem-darkening=1 \ autofitter:warping=1
The current version in testing/sid is 2.8 and also packages since v2.7 are non-maintainer uploads.
If upgrading freetype (and related) packages to the latest version is not going to create any bugs or conflict with SolydXK, then could you please take this request into consideration. Thanks.