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Default Installing fonts into Ubuntu - 04-12-2009, 04:25 AM

I'm still pondering whether to install OS X on my new Mini 9, so I thought I'd try using Ubuntu for a while.

One of the main uses I anticipate would be giving PowerPoint type presentations from the Mini rather than carrying my iBook around. So I opened up a .PPT file and the fonts used are, of course, not on the Mini.

But I can't figure out how to install fonts into Ubuntu. Online searches of Ubuntu forums turn up lengthy scripts with 14 steps of indecipherable syntax that you have to type from a command line. Surely it can't require a rocket surgeon to move six fonts from a thumb drive to the proper place on the Mini. What about the Ubuntu paradigm is making this so incomprehensible to me?
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Default Re: Installing fonts into Ubuntu - 04-12-2009, 05:33 AM

Very simple: create a folder named .fonts (the dot too) in your home folder and put your ttf fonts there.
Step-by-step here: http://tombuntu.com/index.php/2008/04/1 ... buntu-804/


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Default Re: Installing fonts into Ubuntu - 04-12-2009, 03:28 PM

I guess the part that doesn't make sense to me is creating a fonts folder, since the computer obviously already has fonts on it. Shouldn't they all be kept in the same folder? Yet a search for a file called "Nimbus" turns up nothing.

At any rate, the fonts don't show up in OpenOffice menus, even after adding a .ttf file extension and a restart.
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Default Re: Installing fonts into Ubuntu - 04-12-2009, 06:09 PM

A quick Google search found this:
http://ubuntu.wordpress.com/2005/09/...crosoft-fonts/

The gist of it is this:

Code:
sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts
This will install the most common TrueType fonts automatically. after that, run

Code:
sudo fc-cache -fv
to rebuild the font cache.

Apparently, after this, you can add other TrueType fonts by adding them to the ~/.fonts folder. you might need to log out/in or rebuild the font cache again, but that seems to be the way.

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Default Re: Installing fonts into Ubuntu - 04-12-2009, 06:30 PM

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Originally Posted by Mr Downtown
I guess the part that doesn't make sense to me is creating a fonts folder, since the computer obviously already has fonts on it. Shouldn't they all be kept in the same folder? Yet a search for a file called "Nimbus" turns up nothing.
You should be able to install fonts for a single user (in "/home/phil/.fonts/" or "/home/sarah/.fonts/") or system-wide under "/usr/share/fonts/". You'll need super-user/root privileges to install fonts system-wide.


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Default Re: Installing fonts into Ubuntu - 04-13-2009, 02:39 PM

Thanks. But what if you want fonts other than the Microsoft package?

From my Mac I copied four TrueType fonts onto a thumb drive. Now how do I get OpenOffice on my Dell to use them?
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Default Re: Installing fonts into Ubuntu - 04-14-2009, 09:07 PM

easy way.

Code:
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
Installs fonts, media types, all sorts.

Might break flash though, so just reinstall the linux .deb from adobe.
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