The first thing I noticed after I made that ‘switch‘ from XP to Linux is the firefox’s web fonts. It was way too ugly and extremely unpleasant to the eyes. I bet every new Linux user will complain about this and might get pissed off. This is certainly one thing that Linux Distro’s should work on on their future releases.
Anyway since I am a ‘convert’ now and currently using Linux Mint, I have no other option but to look for answers. I really don’t want to leave Linux simply by having this issue, I know there should be a way. Thank goodness! google has it. I mean the forum of Linux Mint has it, the search result was from google though. After following all the steps, you’ll see it’s great improvement and you’ll say that this is definitely MUCH better. There should be no reason now leaving Linux.
From speaker219 in Linux Mint’s forum:
- Open the ‘Terminal‘ window. Go to ‘Daryna‘ button > System > Terminal.
- Type this command: ‘ sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts ‘ without the quotes
- Once done, download this and extract all the files in ‘/etc/fonts‘
Note: This might freak you out. You might get an error code like ‘Permission denied‘ while extracting. I think that it is a well protected folder and write permission for a regular user is disabled, so as a workaround just simply extract the files first to the desktop. To override it with write permissions, we need to use nautilus to open a new window with super user privilege. On the terminal type ‘ sudo nautilus ‘ and you will have now a window wherein you can paste the extracted file in the /etc/fonts folder.
- Lastly, turn off the computer then back on. You will see that firefox’s font are more sexier now.
Download this file, extract it to /home/$username/.fonts
If the directory doesn’t exist, just create it and paste all the contents there. To make it available for use to Firefox, then just do a right-click on your desktop click on change background themes, click the font tab and use the extracted file. It should look something like this.
Check now your Firefox’s font rendering. Here’s mine.
For better surfing experience, download also the Firefox widget.