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Font Selection

Available Fonts for Linux

1:44 am on Dec 31, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I have read about how to install fonts but finding which ones I need has been difficult. All I know is what I have now is hard to read and in most cases is jaggy.
Is it possible to have a font selection that allows you to have a ms/windows font presentation? With windows 98 once I installed publisher all my applications looked better.
I am sitting here using the Linux Opera browser and I can hardly read what I am typing. If I play with preferences long enough I can make this legible but the next site I go to falls apart.
Surely I have something misconfigured.


9:38 am on Dec 31, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I installed the fonts package included in the rpm's with Mandrake, that helped a lot. But I have found it depends on the app you are using to a large extent, for example, Galeon and Konqueror are pretty good at maintaining decent fonts, whereas Netscape is awful.

I did come across a Win98 fonts package somewhere, I'll try to find it, I didn't bookmark it (it didn't look that good). To get the fonts readable I pretty much had to play around with, and experiment with each app that has a font setup. Look for a font package with your distro, they usually only install minimal fonts by default.


10:20 am on Dec 31, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Even though this doesn't address your question directly, I found it helpful in describing the differences in how text is rendered in windows vs. Linux and what you can do about it.


12:04 pm on Dec 31, 2001 (gmt 0)

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look at
some may be mandrake specific, but useful - also search "fonts" on mozilla.org
I dual boot win/lin, so could import some of my fonts (carefully checking my license agreements of course :)
Mine actually look pretty good, but that is a recent phenomena - has traditionally been a problem
Now even the anti-aliasing looks ok.
12:17 pm on Dec 31, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I'm not sure if RH7.2 comes with a Truetype font server - if not you might want to take a look at Xfstt [linuxgazette.com] which adds full TrueType support to Linux. I've used it with success in earlier versions of Red Hat.
12:59 am on Jan 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Thanks Everyone,

I was able to migrate some font's from the other side of the machine. It has made a huge difference.:) I still have some tweaking and playing to do with some of the apps. I need to get KDE apps to include the new fonts. Whats interesting is all the font's look better. I think as the system loaded the fonts same/name ones got over written.
It looks like XFS can handle just about any font's needed, its just finding the right ones.

Thanks Again


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