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Linux Journal: Is Beauty Only Pixel Deep?, Part 2

Jun 15, 2002, 07:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marcel Gagné)

"It is time once again to pull back the curtain from Linux fonts and have a nice long chat with the gentleman at the controls. Judging from some of the responses I received from my last column, it seems that fonts are a nightmare to many (and I can't say I blame you). Nevertheless, it's time to put away fear and learn to enjoy your font experience.

"As many of you already know, I firmly believe in learning by doing, by trying out things and seeing what happens when you type this command or that one. On that note, I'm going to have you play with your fonts. I'm going to have you try some things here, some of which may wind up producing some strange-looking results when it comes to your X display's fonts. I'm not trying to scare you, I simply want to make sure you back up your files before you start.

"One of the questions that came up repeatedly was that of the font server, specifically xfs. Why would you want to use xfs when XFree86 4.X already knows how to deal with TrueType fonts? I agree that it seems to be an overly complicated thing to do, but remember Linux's server roots (so to speak). The idea is that you can run a font server on one machine in your office and have all the other Linux clients take advantage of its resources. Why? Because each machine then uses the same fonts, thus providing a consistent environment. You might remember that xfs, the X font server, runs on port 7100 by default..."

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