Although designed with the GNOME desktop environment in mind, Font Manager (for Linux) should work well with most major desktop environments such as XFCE, Enlightenment, and even KDE, as long as PyGTK is available.
Gnome Color Chooser is a GTK+/GNOME desktop appearance customization tool. It can change the colors for almost anything on your desktop, including the panel colors (font, etc). Unlike applications like Murrine Configurator, this utility does not modify your original themes. This way you can keep sharing your themes without any license or naming conflicts.
If you need a tool to preview the fonts installed on your system, I recommend myFontBook which is a web app that does not require installation and works on any operating system.
In Ubuntu, some people have experienced some issue with the subpixel smoothing of fonts for Firefox 3.5. To fix this font issue in Firefox 3.5 there are 2 possible solutions:
Last October I packaged some free fonts for Ubuntu and made them available from my PPA on Launchpad. More recently, I have received some emails asking if I am going to update the package for Ubuntu Hardy Heron. As it happens, last month Martin F. Krafft kindly offered to help out with the package and sponsor its upload to Debian.
With the Fonty Python font manager, you can organize your fonts into groups (called “pogs”), and install and uninstall these groups when you need them. When a pog is not installed, you won’t have the fonts it contains filling up your menus.
Due to GVFS replacing GNOME-VFS in the GNOME desktop environment, in Ubuntu 8.04 my preferred way of installing fonts doesn’t work anymore. In GNOME versions prior to 2.22 you could navigate to fonts:// in the file browser and drag and drop to install fonts. Doing this in Ubuntu 8.04 gives the error:
Nautilus cannot handle fonts: locations
Fonts have long been weak spot with Linux. However, nowadays there are many nice open source fonts available, and font rendering is pretty much on par with commercial operating systems. Most distributions do not ship with the best anti-aliasing options enabled due “software patents”. These patents apply only in United States. Rest of the world does not need to suffer due American patent madness so here is quick fix how to enable proper font rendering in Ubuntu: sudo dpkg-reconfigure fontconfig-config and select Native rendering from the next screen.
One of the things I always enjoy when creating presentations, letters, videos, graphics and other documents is playing with different fonts. Fonts can change a boring text-only presentation or paper into an exciting, stylish, wild or classic experience. Yes, it is very easy to get carried away, but that is part of the fun -- trying to achieve the perfect balance between form and function.
Want to add some fonts you downloaded to your Ubuntu system? The Nautilus file manager includes an interface for adding fonts. Using Nautilus is the easiest way to add fonts to Ubuntu.
I’ve been playing around with fonts in Gutsy recently, so I thought I would document on this blog. As you probably already knew, Microsoft’s TrueType core fonts for the web are available in Ubuntu, in the package
msttcorefonts. Just type the following at the command prompt to install:
Last night I read a post by Christer Edwards about installing the free Liberation fonts from Red Hat. I remember reading about and installing these fonts when they were first released. I also remember thinking that they do make good free alternatives to some of the more popular commercial fonts [Arial, Times New Roman, Courier New etc.]
I was surprised when reading Christer's instructions that there wasn't a package available to easily install these fonts. With that in mind I made one and uploaded it to my PPA on Launchpad.
Brian Kent is a prolific font designer. At 32 years old he's already amassed an impressive collection of handmade fonts. He's also a really nice guy and has agreed to let me package his free fonts for Ubuntu.
I've used Brian's fonts in many design projects. Some of my favourite fonts from his collection include...
Microsoft’s new ClearType fonts for Vista are great. The fonts include Constantia, Corbel, Calibri, Cambria, Candara and Consolas. Getting them installed in Ubuntu is a breeze, thanks to a script I found.
All your classic fonts now available for Ubuntu. Check how to do it.