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I'm working on a webMathematica application using a linux server (Ubuntu 12.0.4 LTS) with Xtightvnc. Even though the system administrator has done all the possible to set the anti-alising features, we get a poor quality images. Here is an example of code and related results:

image = Style[TraditionalForm[f[x] == (x^2 + 3)/(x - 1)], 50, FontFamily -> "Times New Roman"];
Developer`UseFrontEnd[Export["test.png", image, "PNG", Background -> None]]

here are the results we get In Linux enter image description here

and here is the same on a Windows server enter image description here

We also made tests with RealVNC, with the same results. The only way to get a better image is to logging into the console of the web server machine from another machine with an X server running. But, this is not a valid approach, because we have to keep alive the session using a PC only for that. We read many other posts about anti-aliasing configuration for Linux, here on stackexchange and somewhere else, with no avail. Is there anyone experiencing the same problem? Any help is appreciated.

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  • $\begingroup$ Add , FontSize -> actual*100 and then scale the image down using either mathematica or ffmpeg $\endgroup$ – William Mar 6 '15 at 3:58
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks, this is a possible solution I found looking at other posts, however I'm not sure the quality we get is the same as the Mathematica built-in anti-aliasing. Moreover, it is very bothering to manage font size for different objects, like like subscript, superscript, ticks on graphics, grids, and so on. On the other hand, I didn't find anyone saying anti-aliasing is not available for Mathematica on Linux (even if is frequently mentioned as something very critical). $\endgroup$ – bobknight Mar 6 '15 at 7:20
  • $\begingroup$ I thought so. My solution is to run mathematica in a virtual machine in xp on linux. I find the linux mathematica to be to glitchy. You might have to get creative if you don't have an xp key lying around. $\endgroup$ – William Mar 7 '15 at 1:25

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