Last meeting notes (FONTS)

JJ Neff jjneff at
Wed Aug 22 08:09:48 EDT 2001

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This past Sunday we took an exploratory look at Fonts in Linux.  

Here are some links to articles that will help any one interested in using
TrueType or Type 1 fonts on a Linux box in X, Printing and StarOffice.

FIRST:  Read the Font HOWTO.  It is a must to really understand the way fonts
work in Linux and make the whole font server vs. print server thign much

Then if you are interested in StarOffice the StarOffice documentation (appendix
on installing Fonts)can be better understood (although having read the above
may eliminate the need to read teh SO docs, but it's good info anyway.  The
HOWTO goes into installing fonts in StarOffice actually less confusing than the
SO doc.

Then to Find FONTS go to :

EVEN IF you don't use MAndrake the article is still worthwhile.  Not only does
it point out where fonts can be retrieved, but also has a short discussion on
EULA's and the usability of "proprietery" fonts in an Open Source enviroment.

MY SUGGESTION.  I read the Font How To and the thing that stuck out clearest
was LINUX supports Type 1 Fonts wihtout any hassle and there is a tool to
convert TT to Type 1 fonts GUES what I did, YUP converted my TT fonts to Type 1
and they work!

After doing all the steps manually you may feel that it is better done by a
single tool.  Well that tool has been created and is made to work under KDE. 
IT is called kfontinst and can be found at:

I wasn't able to get it to compile but if you have success please report your

The test I finally did when finished was to create the same document in
StarOffice and Word (with many different Font sizes, dimensions etc) and print
each document in the other app.  I was able to see and print almost all the
fonts (still can't print Courier New from MS on a SO box :-(  ).

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