General things

Coding fonts

This is a list of popular coding fonts. My personal favorites are marked in bold.

As for “why” … Consolas and Menlo are just super smooth. Right weight / height / spacing / proportions. You can “just work” with them and it’s never wrong. At the moment I think JetBrains Mono is just this tiny bit better, even if only for the ligatures.

Honorable mentions go to Iosevka, which is a bit strange, but very narrow so you can fit a lot in the available screen width.

The rest is not bad, I just keep circling back to one of the mentioned alternatives within minutes usually. Personal style might differ.

  • Consolas – Windows proprietary.
  • Menlo – Mac proprietary.
  • Jetbrains Mono – brew cask: font-jetbrains-mono
  • Fira Code – brew cask: font-fira-code
  • Hack – brew cask: font-hack
  • Monoid – brew cask: font-monoid
  • Iosevka – brew cask: font-iosevka
  • Inconsolata – brew cask: font-inconsolata (broken?!)
  • Source Code Pro – brew cask: font-source-code-pro
General things

Linux font rendering sucks, a.k.a “Where is Boohomil”?

For some reason, the maintainer behind the “*-infinality” packages in Arch Linux “has gone missing” for a while.

Why is that important to me? Because infinality is a patch set to a bunch of font and rendering packages, which make fonts under Linux look SO much better than the default setup. (Yes, there are still a couple of things that Linux just absolutely cannot compete in with Mac and / or Win, and font rendering is one of them. Ubuntu does a reasonable job of this, every other distro just sucks.

Except when you were using infinality. And now it’s defunct.

Anyway, after experiencing the unbelievably ugly phenomenon described in here, I tried this guide here now, and it seems to fix it.