A Good Source for Linux Fonts

 
 
By Jason Brooks  |  Posted 2002-09-09 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Linux and open-source communities have done a pretty good job of coming up with open-source analogs of the proprietary components necessary to get things done with your computer.

The Linux and open-source communities have done a pretty good job of coming up with open-source analogs of the proprietary components necessary to get things done with your computer. However, there is a particularly high-profile exception that leaps to mind: fonts.

Although the basic appearances of such fonts as Times New Roman and Arial have been around for quite a while and could arguably be classified as part of the public domain, computer fonts have a great deal of design complexity and are copyrighted by their creators. This generally keeps them out of open-source software distributions.

In my quest for more attractive Linux fonts, Ive often turned to Microsoft, which, until recently, provided a set of good fonts for free download from its typography site, www.microsoft.com/ typography. I say recently because after Linux vendors such as Mandrake began including software that made it easy to download and install these fonts on Linux systems, Microsoft yanked its free download page, citing "abuse." However, the license terms under which Microsoft had been distributing the fonts didnt, and dont, preclude others from making them available. You can download a set for yourself at corefonts.sourceforge.net.

 
 
 
 
As Editor in Chief of eWEEK Labs, Jason Brooks manages the Labs team and is responsible for eWEEK's print edition. Brooks joined eWEEK in 1999, and has covered wireless networking, office productivity suites, mobile devices, Windows, virtualization, and desktops and notebooks. Jason's coverage is currently focused on Linux and Unix operating systems, open-source software and licensing, cloud computing and Software as a Service. Follow Jason on Twitter at jasonbrooks, or reach him by email at jbrooks@eweek.com.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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