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Re: Debian Font Guide for Newbies and the Confused

On Mon, 2003-10-13 at 20:25, M. Kirchhoff wrote:
> While looking through the deb-user archives for some font-related info, I
> discovered that there is still an insane amount of confusion regarding fonts
> under XFree86. Googling, which new users tend to rely on, results in myriad yet
> often contracting font guides.  
> The two biggies--The Font De-Uglification HowTo and the Font Howto--are outdated
> and hopelessly outdated, respectively. They both contain a wealth of important
> info, but, alas, that info is likely to send new users down a very dark tunnel
> of inexorable agitation.  I know, I was one of them.  
> Another problem with these guides is their breadth--they cover too wide a set of
> topics, and they are not Debian specific.  The closest--and still the
> best--guide is Paul D. Smith's TrueType fonts guide, but that covers TT fonts only.
> Ugly fonts bothered me immensely when I first made the switch from Windows to
> GNU/Linux, and I know how frustrating trying to pull bits of (mostly outdated)
> information from various howtos can be.
> So, I plan to create a guide for a very specific group of people: those new to
> both Linux and Debian--or those who simply want a consise, pithy guide to
> getting pretty fonts in Debian.
> This guide will cover *only* stand-alone workstations. As of Xfree 4.x, it is
> absolutely unnecessary to run a font server if serving fonts isn't a requisite,
> i.e. most users.  It will also cover on Woody stable.  There will be no
> information on configuring fonts for specific applications (not yet, anyway),
> but simply for X.  
> So, I'd like peoples' thoughts on this.  Is it necessary? Should I change the
> focus, etc. etc. Personally, I feel there needs to be a down-and-dirty guide to
> fonts to complement the great general information on fonts in the aforementioned
> guides; something to get new users going without them having to become experts
> on fontography.

I'm not expert, but I say go for it.  At the very least, up date some of
the information.  I think the best thing would be a step-by-step guide
to getting it all done.  What to edit in XF86Config.  Where to get
fonts.  Where to put them. etc. etc.

But, under debian, you could just build a package that does it all for

By the way, have you looked at the anti-aliasing-howto in stable? It
appears to be gone in unstable now...

Good luck.

> Let me know what you think.
> Sincerely,
> M. Kirchhoff

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