Adding MS fonts to Ubuntu

February 26, 2007

Ubuntu does not install Microsoft fonts like Arial or Trebuchet by default, as I guess they are not free.

However you can get them from the multiverse packages. To install them, enable the multiverse packages in System/Administration/Sofware Sources and go to a terminal and type

sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts

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Ubuntu rocks!

February 22, 2007

Recently I installed Ubuntu on every machine in the office, servers and desktops and I must say that it just rocks.

It is very easy to install and configure. I have been using debian at home for quite a long time and adding new packages with apt-get is the simplest thing I have ever seen.

Actually I had an issue installing it on my laptop. The installation process just keep on hanging. But as always with GNU/Linux there are many alternatives available on the web so I decided to go for a network installation. It worked smoothly. Maybe you need some GNU/Linux administration backgound to do it, but it was my first network installation and it just worked.

One thing that sets Ubuntu appart from other GNU/Linux distributions is the huge documentation available. You can find detailed easy-to-follow steps to do about anything. For instance, do you want to add support for rich media cotent? Just follow the instructions here.

To sum up, if you plan on installing GNU/Linux (or even if you don’t 😉 ), give Ubuntu a go.