This is something very interesting and cool ( Scoble has even written about how Linux fonts dont look as good as Mac or Windows.) Sandeep has written about this issue before. And this blog has carried information about how to turn font-hinting on, installing mac fonts here and here.
Sandeep writes on his Datum blog: “The basic issue is that certain basic patents in font hinting are owned by Apple. Though it has been good to never pursue them against Freetype – the font rendering engine for Linux – it was still a contentious issue.
However, now these patents could be expired – which does not mean Linux has to use these… but it removes roadblocks to leapfrog to advanced techniques based on these fundamental algorithms. This idea is [being] submitted to Ubuntu for legal counsel to enable this to happen.”
Installing the fonts:
1. From the Linux terminal, download Mac fonts with this command:
$ wget http://ubuntu-debs.googlecode.com/files/macfonts.tar.gz
2. Untar or extract the downloaded file:
$ tar zxvf macfonts.tar.gz
3. Move macfonts folder to the /fonts directory:
$ sudo mv macfonts /usr/share/fonts/
4. Reload the font cache:
$ sudo fc-cache -f -v
Using the fonts:
Application font: Lucida MAC 10
Document font: Lucida MAC 10
Desktop font: Lucida MAC 10
Window title font: LucidaMacBold 10
Fixed width font: Lucida Console 10
That’s about it. Enjoy your new fonts.
You may also like this article: Download 100+ Free Fonts for Ubuntu
This posting courtesy of Tech Source From Bohol