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Get good fonts

Postby dougmack on Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:07 pm

I.m new to Mint, and it seems to be a distro I can be happy with, in most cases, but:
How can I get some good fonts? I look at the available fonts and see all kinds of foreign stuff and only "liberation", which looks terrible, for use in LO, etc.
I can steal fonts from another Linux distro or from Microsoft, I think, or somebody. How do I do that, and where do I put them? And how can I clean up
the list of foreign fonts that I don't want?
Thanx for your help--doug
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Re: Get good fonts

Postby TheDynamicHamza21 on Tue Feb 05, 2013 12:26 am

For Fonts
Fonts go in one or two places: For system wide use of fonts you add fonts to /usr/share/fonts. For single user, say you only want a particular user to use a particular fonts, you can create folder in the home folder and name it .fonts. If you're the only one using your computer it doesn't matter which folder you the fonts put in,you'll be able to use all fonts.


For a single font
You can right click the downloaded font choose "open with font viewer" and a window will open showing you the font, at the bottom right there is button that reads "Install Font". Click that button and it will install the font for you.
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Re: Get good fonts

Postby nomko on Tue Feb 05, 2013 3:39 am

There are numerous websites that offers (free) fonts. Just search for it.
And if you want to remove fonts, open synaptic and click the search button and add as search query: tff-.
Mark the ones you don't like for removal and click apply. There are indeed a lot of foreign fonts which look horrible under LO or OO, i agree with that.

If you downloaded some fonts from a website, all you have to do is this (this is the easiest way):
- open your filemanager
- press Ctrl+H
- Look if there's a hidden folder called .fonts
- If this folder does not exist, create that folder. Make sure you start with a dot (.) to make the folder hidden
- Copy/paste the downloaded fonts into the new folder .fonts
- close your filemanager

fropm now on, your downloaded fonts will be visible to all programs.
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Re: Get good fonts

Postby dougmack on Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:03 am

Reply to the *hamza*--your instructions about the fonts being in /usr/share/fonts was right on the money. I don't know why the other poster says to make
a hidden .fonts file, but at any rate, I copied everything in the fonts directory from a pclos installation, and used mc to copy all the subdirectories over
to Mint. (Moved across on flash drive.)

Thank you to both of the reponders! --doug

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Re: Get good fonts

Postby nomko on Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:26 am

dougmack wrote:make a hidden .fonts file

Because that works too! Did you tried that? I doubt it...
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Re: Get good fonts

Postby bimsebasse on Tue Feb 05, 2013 7:41 am

sudo apt-get install fonts-droid :)
Thank you for this thread. That’s all I can say. You most definitely have made this forum into something special. You clearly know what you are doing, you’ve covered so many bases. Thanks!
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Re: Get good fonts

Postby TheDynamicHamza21 on Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:42 pm

dougmack wrote:Reply to the *hamza*--your instructions about the fonts being in /usr/share/fonts was right on the money. I don't know why the other poster says to make
a hidden .fonts file, but at any rate, I copied everything in the fonts directory from a pclos installation, and used mc to copy all the subdirectories over
to Mint. (Moved across on flash drive.)

Thank you to both of the reponders! --doug

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For single user, say you only want a particular user to use a particular fonts, you can create a folder in the home folder of the user and name it .fonts. For a system with only one user this is not necessary.
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