Font Setup in Ubuntu 10.10

While the new "Ubuntu" font that became the default in 10.10 is quite nice, I still don't like the default font rendering settings. These are the steps I take after every Ubuntu install to make fonts look nice both on the desktop and in Firefox.

  1. Install Windows fonts

    A lot of websites use the Arial and Verdana fonts which are not available on Ubuntu by default. You can install these fonts plus a couple of others by running:

    sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts
  2. Setup fonts in Gnome

    Go to System / Preferences / Appearance / Fonts and setup fonts to your liking. Here's my setup:

    Font setup

    Font setup details

  3. Setup Firefox to respect your Gnome font settings

    By default Firefox will not use the rendering settings that you have set in Gnome's Preferences dialogs. You can fix this by running:

    sudo rm /etc/fonts/conf.d/10*