Font rendering in IntelliJ on Linux looks horrid. Any Java based application does for that matter. I can’t take it anymore. I just burnt 30 minutes looking into solutions. Fastest option, run it on the Linux optimised JVM tuxjdk.
tuxjdk is a series of patched to OpenJDK to enhance user experience with Java-based and Swing-based tools (NetBeans, Idea, Android Studio, etc)
Instructions (for me) next time this happens:
- Download tuxjdk and unpack it in
- Run IntelliJ like this;
export IDEA_JDK=/usr/lib/jvm/jdk-8u25-tuxjdk-b01/ & ./idea.sh