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Adding your MS True Type Fonts to Fedora Core 1
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Do you hate going to web pages in Mozilla where Microsoft specific fonts are used? Do you hate opening Word documents that contain Microsoft specific fonts with OpenOffice.org? Well if you already own a copy of Windows you can add your Windows fonts to Red Hat very easily.

I don't know if this is the recommended way but it worked for me. And it gives you access to the fonts system wide because we are adding them to the X font server (xfs).

If you are on a dual boot machine you may have your Windows partition mounted on "/c". That's where I have mine mounted so that's what I will use in my example. If you are not on a dual boot system you will need to copy them to your Red Hat machine either via SSH, FTP, floppy, or other means.

Let us begin:

$ su  -
(enter root's password)
# cd  /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/TTF
# cp  /c/windows/fonts/*.ttf  .
# mkfontscale
# mkfontdir
# service  xfs  restart

In Gnome I also had to do this:
Open Nautilus (click your home folder icon on your desktop) and type "fonts:" in the location bar. Then I opened another copy of Nautilus and browsed to my TTF font dir and selected all the fonts with my mouse and dragged them over to the other Nautilus window. It appeared to not do anything at all, the fonts didn't immediately show up in Nautilus "fonts:". I restarted X and logged back in and opened Nautilus "fonts:" again and all the TTF fonts I added were there, and they now worked in Mozilla. I don't know if anyone else has tried this. I believe this has to be done on a "per user" basis. I didn't have to do this on any of my other Fedora installs because apparently all of the settings from the previous installation continued to work.

When you log back in you should should see that web sites using the "FONT FACE" tags in their HTML using MS specific fonts will appear correct in Mozilla:

Mozilla screenshot

And you will have access to the fonts in applications such as OpenOffice.org:

OpenOffice screenshot

NOTE: If you still don't have access to the extra True Type fonts you might want to run the /usr/sbin/chkfontpath command and make sure your /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/TTF directory is in the list. If it is not, add that directory to the catalog section of the font server config file (/etc/X11/fs/config).

Have fun!

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