I’m having some difficulty getting certain custom fonts to render properly in Gnome 3 on Clear Linux. Particularly vexing is the font “IBM Plex Sans Text”, a font I’ve kinda fallen in love with for my UI on Fedora. I can’t seem to get the font to render the same way on Clear as it does on Fedora, particularly for Gnome Shell. On Fedora, it has a nicely styled, compact spacing that’s readable yet doesn’t take up too much space. When I try to use it on Clear however, all the letters space out almost as bad as a Mono font, just barely a step away from a Courier or a Typewriter style. It’s not truly monospaced, but it looks almost as bad. I can get another font of the same family, “IBM Plex Sans” to render almost exactly the same between the two, but the Text variant is driving me up the wall. I’ve tried playing around with fontconfigs, letter-spacing and kerning and font features in the css for gnome-shell, but everything I’ve tried gives me the same result.
Does anyone have any thoughts as to what I can do to get Clear to render these fonts the same as in Fedora 31? Is it possible to attach small images for examples to a topic?