Chrome based browsers (Edge/Vivaldi/etc) and Chrome itself are great. But the font smoothing on my Linux laptop (Pop!_Os / Ubuntu) is not great. This comes into play when you’re visiting pages with web or web-safe fonts.
Web(-safe) fonts allow Web designers to use fonts that are not installed on the viewer’s computer.
The edges of the fonts look a bit jagged and the edges are vague. This is quite annoying, since the fonts are rendered perfectly in all other applications.
After a whole lot of searching I finally found the solution (for me). YMMV (Your miles may vary)
Solution: Disable Hardware acceleration in settings
Go to settings by clicking the three dots and then select settings.
In the settings, search for hardware
Flip the switch next to Use hardware acceleration when available and click Relaunch
After the relaunch my fonts were rendered perfect.
This is a bit of a nuisance, after a fresh install of Ubuntu Gnome, I was not able to install extensions from extensions.gnome.org.
Firefox asked me if I’d like to install the extension but after a Firefox restart I still wasn’t able to install any plugins.
To be precise; this message was shown: Although GNOME Shell integration extension is running, native host connector is not detected. Refer documentation for instructions about installing connector.
The solution was to install the chrome-gnome-shell package;
sudo apt-get install chrome-gnome-shell
This fixes the message from both chrome and firefox.