Oh it is available alright, but it may not be installed by default on all distros. On Ubuntu based distros the package that includes the font is this:
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apt-cache show ttf-mscorefonts-installer
This package allows for easy installation of the Microsoft True Type
Core Fonts for the Web including:
Arial (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic)
Comic Sans MS (Bold)
Courier New (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic)
Georgia (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic)
Times New Roman (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic)
Trebuchet (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic)
Verdana (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic)
You will need an Internet connection to download these fonts if you
don't already have them.
NOTE: the package fonts-liberation contains free variants of the Times,
Arial and Courier fonts. It's better to use those instead unless you
specifically need one of the other fonts from this package.
But not everyone will have that package because it is a microsoft font and linux users don't like microsoft. The default web font on Linux appears to be Serif.
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