Emacs font weight on Linux
For the past months I've mostly used a Macbook Pro from 2015, but now I'm trying to switch to a Linux workstation that I've bought about 5 years ago as well. Mostly I'm missing the speed of the workstation, but I was also looking forward to develop using a Linux environment again. Setting up Emacs and a terminal emulator, I ran into a font rendering issue where the font that Emacs would use would be "bolder" than the one the terminal emulator uses:
Poking at the issue in different ways, my suspicion was that Emacs chooses a
different font even though the specification is the same (to my eyes). I tried
several different ways to specify the font to use for Emacs, following the
Fonts manual page, or selecting it via the menu option
Long story short, I finally found this question on Stack Exchange and the first comment did the trick:
Have you tried to set it like this "Ubuntu-11:weight=book"? That helped me with Roboto Mono.
So changing the weight to
book caused Emacs to select the desired
medium weight. Oh well. Haven't found a more explicit way to reference the
specific font I prefer, but for now using the weight of a book works 🤷.