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Adding Fonts to your Linux OS - Fedora 8

Posted by notKlaatu , 04 March 2008 · 113 views

Adding Fonts to your Linux OS - Fedora 8 Open an application on a Mac and you'll see quite a few fonts. Many you'll never use. But some you'll appreciate...and you'd better, because you've paid for them. What you don't get with those fonts is the permission to actually use them in any way you like. With Linux, you get fewer fonts typically, but the freedom and ability to add whatever kind of font you want, including Free and GPL'd fonts. Free fonts abound on the internet. One site I frequent is http://www.dafont.com, which features free, free-for-personal-use, and non-free fonts. I don't bother with anything but the free free fonts, but you can get whatever you want. Installing is easy (and even though I did this on Fedora, it works pretty similarly on Ubuntu or whatever; just a few menus are in different places within the GNOME System menu): Fedora 8 / Gnome Go to System > Preferences > Look and Feel > Appearance The Appearance controls appear, and at the top there is a tab labeled "Fonts". Click into this tab. At the bottom of this window there is a button "Details", which opens up a new window, at the bottom of which is another button: "Go to Font Folder". Your system's font folder then opens. Place all the fonts you've downloaded into this folder. The fonts themselves are the files ending in .ttf so don't try to add any of the .txt or .rtf files that may have accompanied the fonts in your download. These are typically notes from the font designer about the license or where to find more fonts, and so on. Once you've added the .ttf files, you can restart your system, and the fonts will now appear in all of your applications! Customizing You can also really customize the look of your system by utilizing these fonts system-wide. To change what fonts are used in different places on your system, simply go to System > Preferences > Look and Feel > Appearance Open the Fonts tab, and select which font you wish to be used in different places across the OS. For Fedora, I have been using the font Howie's_Funhouse because it is quite similar to the Bryant2 (non-free) font used in the Fedora logo. This font works great in all categories in the font control panel except the monotype font, which should be kept as a fixed width font. But otherwise, Howie's_Funhouse brings a consistency to the OS and looks quite distinctive compared to its Mac counterpart. It is also more pervasive than when the font in the Mac OS is modified, and really is used in most of your applications.




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