Linux 6.0+ True Type Font Setup

Last updated: 03/01/00

Okay, So the fonts in Netscape are UGLY. Every webpage you go to assumes your running windows, but you don't have those fonts.

Life sucks.... ;_(

Gee, wouldn't it be great if you could just grab those windows fonts!! "but i use to do it with xffst, it was great! but then redhat 6.0 came out with this xfs stuff and it won't work, it will never work, i've tried!!!". Okay shutup!! Just forgot all that, this is the 21st century.

Here is what you need to do:

  • First you need to copy (or add a link if your dual booting and mounting your windows share) the true type windows fonts (usually found in c:\windows\fonts\) to a directory on your linux box
      Dave links his since he dual-boots via the command ln -s /dos/windows/fonts/ /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/winfonts
  • Next you need to add this new directory to your xfs config file: with the line /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/winfonts The config file is located in 1 of 2 places...
    in redhat 6.x this is in /etc/X11/fs
    in redhat 7.x this is in /etc/X11/fs/config
      Dave's config file looks like this (note the commas!!)
      blah blah blah
      blah blah blah 
      catalogue = /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc:unscaled,
      blah blah blah
      blah blah blah
  • Now restart your computer (the really smart can restart X and xfs)
  • Go into netscape, preferences, fonts and choose some NICE windows
    fonts for default and make sure you have "use document specified fonts" turned on. TADA your done! Told you it was easy, and it could be done.
    Don't you feel like a whiny bitch now, huh!