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Useful Font Software for Linux
Font HowTo
 Related Resources
• Home
• 1. Introduction
• 2. Fonts 101 -- A Quick Introduction to Fonts
• 3. Fonts 102 -- Typography
• 4. Making Fonts Available To X
• 5. Making Fonts Available To Ghostscript
• 6. True Type to Type 1 Conversion
• 7. WYSIWYG Publishing and Fonts
• 8. Netscape
• 9. TeX / LaTeX
• 10. Getting Fonts For Linux
11. Useful Font Software for Linux
• 12. Ethics and Licensing Issues Related to Type
• 13. References
• 14. Glossary

There are several font packages for Linux. Many of them are essential.

  • chkfontpath is a utility for manipulating the xfs configuration file.
  • DTM -- the Definitive Type Manager is a global font management tool. This is a developer's release.
  • fontinst is a LaTeX package designed to simplify the installation of Type 1 fonts into LaTeX.
  • Freetype is a TrueType library that comes with most Linux distributions
  • Ghostscript is the software that is used for printing on Linux. The version of ghostscript that ships with Linux is GNU ghostscript. This is one version behind the latest release of Aladdin ghostscript ( who release their old versions under the GPL )
  • pfm2afm is a utility for converting windows pfm font metric files into afm metrics that can be used for Linux. This is based on the original version available at CTAN, and includes modifications from Rod Smith to make it compile under Linux.
  • mminstance and t1utils are two packages for handling Type 1 fonts. mminstance is for handling Adobe's multiple master Type 1 fonts. t1utils is a suite of utilities for converting between the different Type 1 formats.
  • ttf2pt1 is a TrueType to Type 1 font converter. It is useful if you have applications that require Type 1 fonts.
  • ttfps converts .ttf TrueType font files into Type42 files.
  • ttfutils A package of utilities for handling TrueType fonts. This package requires ttf2pt1. Useful if not essential.
  • type1inst is an essential package for installing Type 1 fonts. It greatly simplifies the installation.
  • xfstt is a TrueType font server for Linux. It's useful, but xfs is probably a better choice.
  • xfsft The xfsft font server. Note that this is included in xfs.
  • x-tt is a font server designed to handle Korean and Japanese fonts.

Font HowTo
Table of Contents

1. Introduction
    1.1. The Location of This Document
    1.2. Submitting corrections/errata
    1.3. Last Updated
    1.4. Copyright
    1.5. Rationale
    1.6. Credits and Acknowledgements
2. Fonts 101 -- A Quick Introduction to Fonts
    2.1. Types of Fonts
    2.2. Families of Typefaces
3. Fonts 102 -- Typography
    3.1. Classifications of Typefaces
    3.2. Ligatures, Small caps fonts and expert fonts
    3.3. Font Metrics and Shapes
4. Making Fonts Available To X
    4.1. The font path
    4.2. Installing Type 1 Fonts
    4.3. True Type Fonts
    4.4. xfs
5. Making Fonts Available To Ghostscript
    5.1. Type 1
    5.2. True Type
    5.3. Using Ghostscript To Preview Fonts
6. True Type to Type 1 Conversion
    6.1. Why ?
    6.2. How ?
7. WYSIWYG Publishing and Fonts
    7.1. Introduction and Overview
    7.2. Applixware
    7.3. Star Office
    7.4. Word Perfect
8. Netscape
9. TeX / LaTeX
    9.1. A Quick Primer on LaTeX/TeX fonts
    9.2. Adding Type 1 fonts
10. Getting Fonts For Linux
    10.1. True Type
    10.2. Type 1 Fonts and Metafont
11. Useful Font Software for Linux
12. Ethics and Licensing Issues Related to Type
13. References
    13.1. Font Information
    13.2. Postscript and Printing Information
14. Glossary

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