installing fonts in ubuntu sucks

Bug #254056 reported by nef
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Bug Description

I installed Ubuntu 8.04 on a partition of my sisters computer, and now that her windows died she has been using Ubuntu full time for about a week.

She asked me how could she install some fonts, and i told her "I don't know, figure it out... maybe search for an option in the settings menu, or right-click the font icon and choose install"
**note: right clicking the icon actually works in kubuntu

Guess what? It didn't work...

According to the links above, the most easy and obvious way to install a font is:
1. Open home directory
2. Go to View --> Show hidden directories
3. Create a new folder called ".fonts"
4. Drag and drop font file into directory
5. Restart applications where you need said font

After reading that I wondered why I didn't think of that before... it was so obvious.

I think installing fonts should be done by:
a) Right click font file --> "Install font"
b) Double click font file (view in font viewer) --> Add a "Install Font" button to font viewer
c) System --> Preferences --> Fonts
d) All of the above

Tags: fonts install
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Gabriel Ruiz (anakron) wrote :

I think that the easiest way to install fonts is installing it with Synaptic or with Terminal:

If you use Synaptic, look for the package called msttcorefonts.

If you use terminal, you can install in this way:

* sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts

That is all... You tried it?

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nef (nefgarcia) wrote :


You're missing the point.
What if I want to install any of the other thousands of fonts that are not available via Synaptic?

And yes, msttcorefonts were already installed.

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nef (nefgarcia) wrote :
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nef (nefgarcia) wrote :

More related links...

I believe this is a serious usability issue that shouldn't be too hard to fix.
What can I do to raise the awareness of this bug?

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Michael Rooney (mrooney) wrote :

Hi nef, thanks for using Ubuntu and thanks for taking the time to file this bug report and aggregate the related links! You may also be interested in, the corresponding blueprint of which has been accepted for Intrepid.

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Mikko Saarinen (mikk0) wrote :

This has not been fixed in Intrepid. Installing fonts still sucks =(

This should be so easy that my mother could do it. Now she couldn't even if I told her how. It seems this font-selector was not implemented in time or is not part of the default Ubuntu desktop.

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MasterNetra (designerkline) wrote :

Or...the fonts folder could simply be visible and there by default? The install option for font extensions would be nice too i suppose. Because as it stands installing fonts can easly leave people scratching their heads if they don't know how to install them already. :/ If ubuntu is going to be user friendly this is one of the things that should be done.

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Przemek K. (azrael) wrote :
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Przemek K. (azrael) wrote :

Related/duplicate bugs: Bug #82724 Bug #389657

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