Saturday, March 6, 2010

Better(?) Font Appearance in Ubuntu and How to Install Windows Fonts

Everyone has their own preference when it comes to fonts, and some users, like me, are not happy with Ubuntu's huge default fonts.

1. Install Windows fonts (most websites will render nicely with these fonts installed).
In the Terminal, enter the following command:
sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts
or
sudo apt-get install ttf-mscorefonts-installer
2. Download this tar file for additional fonts (MacOS fonts):
click here to download
3. Navigate to your /home folder (~/) and press ctrl+h to show hidden files and folders.
4. Create a new folder named .fonts and extract the fonts from the tar file to this folder.
5. Setup your system fonts. Go to Preferences->Appearance->Fonts.
In my system, I have the following font settings:
 Application font: Bitstream Vera Sans Roman (8.6)
Document font: Aquabase (9)
Desktop font: Lucida Grande (9)
Window title font: Trebuchet MS Bold (9)
Fixed width font: Bitstream Vera Sans Mono Roman (10)
  
6. To change the font rendering settings, choose "subpixel smoothing (LCDs)" and click the "Details" button. Under "smoothing", choose "Subpixel", and choose "Slight", under "hinting."
 7. Reboot and enjoy. :)

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