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Linux has the worst fonts by default

Postby pam » Wed Sep 14, 2011 10:00 am

Undeniably Ultimate Edition and linux in general are rock solid and stable to a non-professional and professional user today.
Eye candy to get more users to use linux is epic.
But something has totally been left out--------- Fonts
The fonting system isnt well managed in linux -- i mean that there are glitches and low quality fonts in use by default-- in both gnome and kde

go back 5-6 years and take a good look at mandrake linux 10.1. Even today it gives commercial oses a run for its money-- only solely because of good quality and well managed fonts.

fast forward and today look at mandriva 2011-- a resurrection of the same on kde 4.6. This feature almost entirely assassinates multimedia capabilities of the os. I dont care if firefox and chrome cant play flash videos because im convinced by the looks of the os that it isnt even a problem.

Getting fonts to sit well inside windows, applets and bars is probably the sole factor in attractiveness of an operating system and not forgetting which kind of fonts are in use.

I use Aller & Envy Code R. They are perfect but would even be better if it were implemented at a deeper level within the system.

Lucinda grande is another great font.
Alone together these 3 fonts eradicate the plethora of fonts present in gnome and kde.

I hope implementation of this as a default attribute of further Ultimate Edition editions will create unparalleled appreciation of Linux and ultimate edition.

This has never been a problem for anyone but rather is more of a necessity. Neglecting the fonting system in linux wont cause harm whatsoever but implementing it will be like a breath of fresh air to everyone.
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Re: Linux has the worst fonts by default

Postby billhedrick » Wed Sep 14, 2011 10:06 am

Not being a person that does a lot of high level printing, I have never done more from linux that printing a document for general readying purposes or casual posters, I can't comment on this. I did work with pre-press people back in the old Mac days, and my impression is that this sort of thing is as temperamental as Lindsay Lohan before her morning cocktail.

On thing I did notice last night after downloading and installing a free font, was how easy it is to install a font in Ubuntu, by far the easiest of the 3 or 4 platforms I have worked with.
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Re: Linux has the worst fonts by default

Postby Uffe » Wed Sep 14, 2011 11:27 am

Hi
If I have to install extra fonts, I always put them in /usr/local/share/fonts and have never had problems.
You have to be root when you do it.
Don't know if that's the right place, but it works ;)
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