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FreeOS.com: True Type fonts under Linux

Oct 04, 2000, 20:50 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mayank Sarup)

[ Thanks to Chandrashekhar Bhosle for this link. ]

"Linux may boast of having several fantastic GUIs but the fact remains that when you get online, you do have to strain to look at the text on the screen. Linux font support has lagged behind in the past but not now. Here's how you can use True Type fonts under Linux."

"It's time to get on the Internet. You fire up Netscape, go to www.freeos.com and look in horror at the horrible fonts in use. FreeOS obviously doesn't know how to make a good page. You move off to your other favourite news site and more horrendous fonts are waiting for you there too. Something wrong? Not really. Just that X doesn't use the newer True Type fonts which are now heavily used on the web and thanks to Microsoft, have become the most popular font format. X still uses the older bitmap fonts which don't scale well, hence the horrible fonts. Fortunately there is a way to utilise True Type fonts on Linux too."

"Xfree86 4 and above include True Type font support so you don't have to do anything else. If you're using a version below 4, you need to get a X true type font server. I'm using xfsft which you can get here. ( http://www.dcs.ed.ac.uk/home/jec/programs/xfsft/ ). Currently it is the best font server and was made part of the Xfree86 4 source tree."

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