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what are your favourite fonts?

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I just installed almost all fonts I could find for archlinux, including those in the unsupported section of the AUR. (don't forget to check if the PKGBUILDS and installscripts use the right font directories for the new X!!!). Then I set all fonts everywhere to DejaVu fonts. Sometimes I doubt my own sanity... Laughing
Oh well, at least it will be nice to have all those fonts to use them in gimp & co.

I like the DejaVu fonts because there is nothing special about them at all, which means they are still very readable at size 8, which means I get lots of space on my screen.
DejaVu Sans Condensed 8 - menus
DejaVu Sans Mono 9 - terminal, firefox monospace
DejaVu Sans 9 - firefox default & sans-serif
DejaVu Serif 9 - firefox serif

What fonts do you like?

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When it comes to fonts, Arch isn't really that friendly. Even after I followed some instructions from Arch wiki and forums and got my fonts to look a bit better, some fonts still don't render properly. I like the way it was in Ubuntu, font-wise.

That said, I always like the luxi sans font. It looks very "elegant". Plain bitstreams are also good, and I often end up using those (which are usually default anyway). For xchat and terminals I like plain monospace.

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I agree with tbuitneh. I like DevaVU, makes a 800x600 screen look like 1024x768

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I don't have any problems with fonts on arch. After switching on subpixel hinting in the xfce configuration tool, they all look more sharp than anything I've ever seen. Well, fonts in gtk apps that is, but I use very few non-gtk apps.

"onlinebacon" wrote:

I agree with tbuitneh. I like DevaVU, makes a 800x600 screen look like 1024x768

Consider what DejaVu fonts look like on my 1024x768 screen! Shock

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monospace ftw! :grinning:

Personally, I'm a fan of Times New Roman, Verdana, Georgia, Monospace as mentioned above, and the Sans series. They are simple, elegant and make computing on a linux system bliss. After installing I always switch to Verdana 10/11 (depending on resolution) as my system font and monospace 10/11 as my terminal font. :smiling:

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microsoft fonts :x

Oh well, at least you didn't say "comic sans ms".

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"tbuitenh" wrote:

I don't have any problems with fonts on arch. After switching on subpixel hinting in the xfce configuration tool, they all look more sharp than anything I've ever seen. Well, fonts in gtk apps that is, but I use very few non-gtk apps.

Ah well, it probably depends alot on the monitor you use and maybe the graphics card/chip you have. It's not that bad though. I'd say most of it displays fine, just some webpages have them too small so I have to frequently increase fonts in firefox to read them properly.. There's probably a way to fix all that though..

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"tbuitenh" wrote:

microsoft fonts :x

Oh well, at least you didn't say "comic sans ms".

I don't personally connect them to Microsoft, and they are good fonts. Smiling
As for Comic Sans MS: worst font ever.

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'Times New Roman' was made for The Times newspaper, not for Microsoft. Though they (Microsoft) and others such as Apple have commisioned companies to make versions of 'Times New Roman' for them (wikipedia article).

As for favourite font, I have no idea, as long as it's clear and readable.

dylunio

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Why would it matter if fonts are made for or even made by Microsoft if they aren't encumbered by patent/copyright issues (and I suppose these aren't)?

Just because something has a connection with MS doesn't make it inherently evil. It is not about MS label, it is about freedom and wether you have it or not. If MS would release something that is truly Free Software I wouldn't avoid it just because it is MS. I may avoid it for other reasons, like if they'd still hold a monopoly and played dirty with other areas. If they stopped ever doing that even, I'd love them for that. Eye

It's not about "MS", it's about "freedom".

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IIRC those fonts were once released by MS "in the interest of platform compatibility", then later taken back. They can still be found on the net, though. Strictly speaking there is absolutely no ethical problem with using these fonts (well, maybe... can fonts be edited directly or do you need some kind of source code for that?), but they remind me of MS "compatibility" games which causes an immediate allergic reaction.

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Charcoal is pretty good, I think the 'free' equivalent of it is Trebuchet MS.
I am a bit of a fan of monospaced typefaces becuase it's easier to do ASCII art Smiling

For text with 'authoritay' you can't beat Helevetica Neue in heavy weight.

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"klepas" wrote:
"tbuitenh" wrote:

microsoft fonts :x

Oh well, at least you didn't say "comic sans ms".

I don't personally connect them to Microsoft, and they are good fonts. Smiling
As for Comic Sans MS: worst font ever.

buahhh :S
my school has been rotating secretaries or something a few times recently. The last change was clearly visible as the half-year parent info letter was in Comic Sans MS !!!!
Imagine; a "Gymnasium", that is the highest form (of three) of common education in Germany, the direct way to university one might say, from about 11 to 19 yrs of age, using Comic Sans MS in an official letter !
Verdana is truely nice.

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