Public bug reported:

On Xenial, after upgrading chromium-browser from 59 to 60, all text (web
pages and browser GUI) that uses an opacity value or a shadow opacity
value is rendered very ugly in a "jaggedy-boldish" fashion (see
screencaps). The issue is present in Google's official Chrome package as

The issue dissapears when unchecking "Use hardware acceleration when


Version Information

Data exported   8/10/2017, 7:48:46 PM
Chrome version  Chrome/60.0.3112.78
Operating system        Linux 4.10.0-28-generic
Software rendering list version 0
Driver bug list version 10.93
ANGLE commit id unknown hash
2D graphics backend     Skia/60 a20ae70af542208b06c21413f13c4c86269c0b84-
Command Line    /usr/lib/chromium-browser/chromium-browser 
--disable-new-tab-first-run --enable-user-scripts 
--ppapi-flash-version= --disk-cache-dir=/tmp/chrome 
--show-component-extension-options --disable-component-update 
--ignore-gpu-blacklist --enable-native-gpu-memory-buffers --enable-pinch 
--enable-features=CheckerImaging --flag-switches-begin --no-pings 
--disable-touch-adjustment --enable-gpu-rasterization 
--enable-offline-auto-reload-visible-only --enable-zero-copy 
--ignore-gpu-blacklist --num-raster-threads=2 --overscroll-history-navigation=0 
--touch-events=disabled --enable-features=CheckerImaging,RunAllFlashInAllowMode 


Driver Information

Initialization time     84
In-process GPU  false
Passthrough Command Decoder     false
Supports overlays       false
Sandboxed       true
GPU0    VENDOR = 0x8086, DEVICE= 0x0166
Optimus false
Optimus false
AMD switchable  false
Driver vendor   Mesa
Driver version  17.3.0
Driver date     
Pixel shader version    4.20
Vertex shader version   4.20
Max. MSAA samples       8
Machine model name      
Machine model version   
GL_VENDOR       Intel Open Source Technology Center
GL_RENDERER     Mesa DRI Intel(R) Ivybridge Mobile
GL_VERSION      4.2 (Core Profile) Mesa 17.3.0-devel


$  apt policy chromium-browser
  Installed: 60.0.3112.78-0ubuntu0.16.04.1293
  Candidate: 60.0.3112.78-0ubuntu0.16.04.1293

** Affects: chromium-browser (Ubuntu)
     Importance: Undecided
         Status: New

** Tags: chromium-browser fonts opacity

** Attachment added: "ugly.png"

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