Using Sharp Fonts On A GNOME Desktop

Discussion in 'HOWTO-Related Questions' started by hayesben, Apr 9, 2007.

  1. hayesben

    hayesben New Member


    I've followed your instructions on using the MS fonts (as well as copying the Tahoma fonts over to Ubuntu). However, everything goes good until I change over to the Tahoma fonts. What happens is instead of seeing better looking text on the screen, I get block symbols all across the screen (instead of letters/words). At first I thought I had a corrupt font file so I re-copied it again from a different Windows machine and went through the process again and the same result. I'm running Ubuntu v6.10 (not the 7.04 beta release). To get around this I changed things over to Sans with a 8 pt font. Not the same but usable. Any ideas on what would cause this issue and/or is there a possible fix/work around.

  2. till

    till Super Moderator Staff Member ISPConfig Developer

    I guess it is a problem with your locales. Which locale do you use on your linux workstation?
  3. hayesben

    hayesben New Member


    The locale used is:


  4. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    That's the same locale I use on my system... :confused:
    You can run
    sudo dpkg-reconfigure locales
    and select iso8859-1 instead of UTF8. Maybe that changes the behaviour.
  5. hayesben

    hayesben New Member


    Thanks for the input. I'll re-install v6.10 tonight. I did a Ubuntu v7.04 install and your guide worked flawlessly. But I'll try again with the v6.10 tonight and letcha know it goes (as I want to test something else out as well).

  6. hayesben

    hayesben New Member


    Well, I've re-installed Ubuntu v6.10 onto my computer and followed your How-To and it's worked perfectly this time around. The only thing I can think of is that I missed a step in your How-To which caused this to go haywire a bit. Anyway, thanks for the How-To!

  7. Chad

    Chad New Member

    Generating locales...
    en_AU.UTF-8... done
    en_BW.UTF-8... done
    en_CA.UTF-8... done
    en_DK.UTF-8... done
    en_GB.UTF-8... done
    en_HK.UTF-8... done
    en_IE.UTF-8... done
    en_IN.UTF-8... done
    en_NZ.UTF-8... done
    en_PH.UTF-8... done
    en_SG.UTF-8... done
    en_US.UTF-8... up-to-date
    en_ZA.UTF-8... done
    en_ZW.UTF-8... done
    Generation complete.

    What do you mean select iso... ?

    Where? How? I still show blocks on Tahoma
  8. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    When you run
    sudo dpkg-reconfigure locales
    , you can s lect iso8859-1.
  9. Hans

    Hans Moderator ISPConfig Developer

  10. mesibov

    mesibov New Member

    Another way to sharpen

    I run Gnome with Verdana 10pt as default font for everything. To my eyes, text looks very clean and sharp if my settings (System/Preferences/Font) are:
    Font Rendering: Monochrome
    (Details) Smoothing: None
    (Details) Hinting: Full.

    I wonder how this compares with falko's tweaking and Tahoma?
  11. dierre

    dierre New Member

    Hello, i've got the same problem. Tahoma shows squares.
    My locale is:
  12. dierre

    dierre New Member

    Well, I must say there is no locales problem. My other laptop has debian installed with utf-8 locale and had no problem with this tutorial so I've just change the tahoma fonts using that one I used on debian and now it's working.

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