In-Depth: Font Installation under Unix/Linux
Fonts from MyFonts.com are fully compatible with Linux and Unix systems. PostScript fonts have been supported by virtually all flavors of Unix for many years. TrueType fonts are generally supported, especially by more recent distributions.
Step 1: Determine what type of fonts are supported on your system
If you're not sure about your particular version of Unix, check to see what type of fonts are currently installed:
# locate .pfa .pfb /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Type1/UTI_____.pfa /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/Type1/cour.pfa # locate .ttf /usr/share/fonts/default/TrueType/starmath.ttf /usr/share/fonts/default/TrueType/timi____.ttf /usr/share/fonts/default/TrueType/comicbd.ttf
.pfa and .pfb are PostScript fonts. .ttf files are TrueType fonts.
Step 2: Get the right files
This example includes both TrueType and Type1 fonts. The .ttf file is all you need for TrueType.# unzip eyeballs.zip Archive: /home/bryce/tmp/eyeballs.zip inflating: 1401a___.inf inflating: 1401A___.AFM inflating: 1401A___.PFB inflating: 1401A___.PFM inflating: READMEPC.HTM inflating: TT1401M_.TTF inflating: license.htm
Step 3: Install the fonts appropriate to your systemIf a graphical font installation utility is present on your system, use it. The simplest possible case of a manual font install is:
In general the font install process is:
Unfortunately, the details vary considerably between Unix distributions. Look at how the fonts already installed on your system are set up to learn more.
Step 4: See if it worked
The following utilities are useful for looking at fonts:
kcharselect gfontsel xfontsel xlsfonts chkfontpath fslsfonts
“kcharselect”, which comes with KDE, is capable of selecting any glyph from a full Unicode font.
If you need more details, or have special needs
Note that not all programs will support all fonts. Some programs even keep their own private font lists. For more information search for “fonts”, “type 1”, “TrueType” or “Unicode” at www.linuxdoc.org.
Many thanks to Bryce Nesbitt for compiling these instructions!