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In this guide I will explain a few small things that new users GNU/Linux. Those coming from the Microsoft world will be used to having to fiddling with fonts and characters various so completely irrational. The creators of Windows XP in esteem it had released a software simple to use, but in reality (as we shall see) is not always so. One example is the’font installer. To install a font on XP you need to go to the folder “characters“, cliccare su “File” – “Install New Font” and finally choose from a file manager that we want to install the downloaded font.

This procedure should be repeated all the times that we have to install a different font. If we had 100 fonts to be installed should repeat the procedure 100 times. So much for simplicity.

Regarding OS X the speech is identical to GNU/Linux, in fact much simpler. The font andranno “placed” in some specific directories, each with a different characteristic. The computer already knows that in those directories will fish only font. There is a global directory in which the TrueType fonts are present in the availability of all users and for all programs:

/usr/share/fonts/truetype/

Fonts listed in this directory are editable only by root (the superuser), but there are also different directories where users have permits the read / write and can be added the eliminate in font SETTING. In the “home” each user there is a hidden directory called “.are“. Fonts installed in this directory will be available for all programs only one user.

Note:

To view the directory “.are” with the filemanager just press “ctrl” + “h” together, or (come da screenshot) Click on the filemanager “Show” – “Show Hidden Files“.

If you wanted to add fonts specific programs we should direct us to the documentation the individual program. Often, however, open source applications have a directory called just “fonts” within their global or local path. Let us take as an example OpenOffice 2. OpenOffice fonts globally (for all users) can be found here:

/opt/openoffice.org2.0/share/fonts/truetype/

The fonts that are here will be available for all users, but only using OpenOffice (we will not see the fonts with other programs) and changes to this directory can of course be carried out only by “root” the “superuser“.

Regarding the local path, instead we find the font directory here:

~/.openoffice.org2/user/fonts/

These fonts, instead will be seen only by a user using only OpenOffice, also in this case will not be available for other programs, it for other users. Changes to this directory can also be made without administrative privileges.

If we are to move 10, 100, 1000 fonts at once you can do it with a click or better, an “mv“.

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TheJoe

I keep this blog as a hobby by 2009. I am passionate about graphic, technology, software Open Source. Among my articles will be easy to find music, and some personal thoughts, but I prefer the direct line of the blog mainly to technology. For more information contact me.

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