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On-Screen Fonts

Postby Mikael21 on Sat Feb 28, 2009 11:29 am

Hello,

I've noticed this with several distros and it's been a small vain reason I am not 100% in love with Linux. I'm sure there's an easy fix tho. Does anyone ever notice, that on-screen fonts, especially in web pages, look different on Firefox for Windows than Firefox for Linux? Gmail has this bulkier font, a couple forum sites I visit seem to have crisper fonts on Windows. Is there a difference in the default character sets? Is there a way to get fonts to more aesthetically appear on Linux, especially in Firefox?
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Re: On-Screen Fonts

Postby SiKing on Sat Feb 28, 2009 3:19 pm

Just like every other piece of "your" computer in the Windows world, fonts are proprietary and (probably) owned by Microsoft; you are allowed to only use them for a fee. As such, Linux does not have them. However, Linux does have different fonts installed by default. You are of course free to install any others, and you are of course free to configure Firefox (or any other app) to use which ever fonts you please ...
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Re: On-Screen Fonts

Postby proxima_centauri on Sat Feb 28, 2009 4:06 pm

Download the msttcorefonts package.
It contains the Microsoft fonts.

You can also find segoe-ui vista font here
http://home.arcor.de/salnet/segoe_ui.zip

Unzip and put the ttf files into:
/home/$USERNAME/.fonts/

Also, under desktop preferences, try messing around with the details in Font tab.
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Re: On-Screen Fonts

Postby linuxviolin on Sat Feb 28, 2009 9:37 pm

In Firefox go to the "Preferences" then seek the fonts config place (my system is in French, it's in the "Content" tab), click on "Advanced..." and choose your fonts (I advise you to use Bitstream Vera or DejaVu or Liberation family fonts) and unclick the "Allow pages to choose their own fonts instead of those chosen above" box. (sorry if my translation of my french menus is not perfect... :) )
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Re: On-Screen Fonts

Postby Mikael21 on Sun Mar 01, 2009 1:58 am

okay great guys! I'll give all of those suggestions a shot when I actually get the install done! (I think I'm gonna try and make that tomorrow... I'm just hammering out the details on partitioning in another forum).
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Re: On-Screen Fonts

Postby Mikael21 on Sun Mar 01, 2009 2:16 am

proxima_centauri wrote:Download the msttcorefonts package.
It contains the Microsoft fonts.

You can also find segoe-ui vista font here
http://home.arcor.de/salnet/segoe_ui.zip

Unzip and put the ttf files into:
/home/$USERNAME/.fonts/

Also, under desktop preferences, try messing around with the details in Font tab.


Thanks again. I basically put all my desktop fonts to Bitstream Vera Sans Roman, I downloaded the package with the MS fonts in it, and I changed the firefox settings in Mint to be the same as they are in my Windows installation. Now the websites look pretty much identical, which is pretty comforting.
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Re: On-Screen Fonts

Postby dnmint on Sun Mar 01, 2009 6:12 am

I have downloaded segoe_ui.zip on to desktop.
How do I proceed thereafter... Newbie guide pls
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Re: On-Screen Fonts

Postby proxima_centauri on Sun Mar 01, 2009 8:57 am

dnmint,
I believe I addressed that in my post,

Unzip and put the ttf files into:
/home/$USERNAME/.fonts/
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Re: On-Screen Fonts

Postby dnmint on Sun Mar 01, 2009 9:18 pm

Thanks.
But there are no foders -home-usrname-.fonts Also once extracted it is not copy pasting. Extracting direct shows- You have no right to extract.
Hencethe request for ?Newbie guiding
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Re: On-Screen Fonts

Postby proxima_centauri on Sun Mar 01, 2009 10:15 pm

The folder is /home/YOUR-USERNAME/.fonts
**YOUR-USERNAME is your personal username.
Download the segoe font .zip from the website i provided.
Copy the extracted ttf file to the above folder.
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