No ugly fonts.In my /etc/make./conf I have truetype and
USEvariable. Fonts should generally look good with this. The gentoo website warns that
/etc/make.confmight be dangerous, but I have not had any huge problems. If available, I would recommend gtk2 apps over their gtk1 counterparts especially if anti-aliased fonts are important.
|USE="X gtk gnome gtk2 truetype"|
|a snippet from /etc/make.conf|
I can not remember if I installed additional Microsoft fonts or if they came with some package I installed. Nevertheless, take a look at http://corefonts.sourceforge.net/ if you would like to use Microsoft's truetype fonts in linux. Additionally, you may also copy your fonts from your existing windows installation.
ttmkfdir, a utility for generating
fonts.scale, is useful for installing these fonts. After the fonts are in the proper location (
/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fontsfor me), you need to add the directory where your new fonts reside into your XF86Config file.
|Add your truetype fonts directory to XF86Config file (/etc/X11/XF86Config)|
What were those miscreant gnome people thinking? Default fonts in gnome don't look so hot.
|$ gnome-control-center &|
|Terminal Font||Andale Mono||12|
A screenshot of my gnome panel after tweaking.
Change the font in sawfish interactively with
sawfish-ui(sawfish configurator) or edit
~/.sawfish/custom. Take a look at the sawfish widgets and fonts near the top in a screenshot of my terminal. The sawfish theme is cryoGUI.
|(quote default-font) (quote "-microsoft-tahoma-medium-r-normal-*-*-120-*-*-p-*-koi8-ru")|
|Edit ~/.sawfish/custom and add the above line|
|Edit -> Preferences -> Appearance -> Fonts|
I also changed the "Minimum font size" to something larger. Here are before and after screenshots of mozilla after font configuration. The banner ad is blocked by privoxy, which I will get to in a bit.Terminal
I use aterm, but you can use the -fn flag for xterm too. While this is the same picture as the sawfish screenshot, pay attention to the monospaced font.
|$ aterm -fn "-monotype-andale mono-medium-r-normal--12-120-75-75-m-80-koi8-ru"|
|This is part of the command I run for aterm|
It was not necessary for me to put in additional effort to get OpenOffice fonts looking good, but here are some links I found about fixing font problems in OpenOffice.
I believe the only tip I needed to follow from the openoffice troubleshooting guide was the bit about changing the user interface fonts. Several months ago while executing the tip from the first link (
export LD_PRELOAD="/usr/lib/libfreetype.so"), my fonts in openoffice indeed did look better. However, the same thing recently did not alter anything. Openoffice with my defaults already looks nice. By the way, I use the openoffice precompiled binary provided by the ebuild