Installing Truetype Fonts on Your Linux System

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Anonymous's picture

hey, your Linux Journal logo obscures some of the text. "..and you can see now that it's owned by root...."

well, no, I can't see it. It would be nice if you could just post the text as ...TEXT! what a concept...

But thanks, great little tutorial. the kind noobs can use to get into the CL.

Grumpy Grumpy... :)

Shawn Powers's picture

I removed he logo in places it seemed to be in the way, sorry if I missed a key moment. As far as text goes -- most of these tech tips could be Googled easily, the video is really for those folks that are visual learners and prefer to see how to do things. Or just to give folks ideas for things to try on their Linux machines. :)

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You can also put the custom

Anonymous's picture

You can also put the custom fonts in your ~/.fonts directory.

Check out FontMatrix

apexwm's picture

Another option that I really like is something called FontMatrix. It's a complete font manager for X11. It allows you to search fonts, organize them, preview them, and ultimately install them. It's very easy to use, too:

Installing fonts in home directory

mattcen's picture

Another thing that can be done here is something I found here: ( which allows you to install some of the core fonts that come with Windows etc (though I'm not sure of the licensing of these fonts and legality may be questionable), but it also shows how to install fonts inside your own home directory, though you still have to run 'fc-cache' as root. What could be done though is you could either set 'fc-cache' to run automatically on system startup, or allow 'sudo' access to *just* that command, so that anybody can run it. This means that less root privileges are required.


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