just brew it! wrote:
Speaking of fonts, I recommend installing the optional "ttf-liberation" package. This gives you a set of fonts with metrics identical to the standard Windows Arial, Times New Roman, and Courier New fonts.
Alternately, you can grab the Debian "msttcorefonts" (in Ubuntu multiverse, but it is apparently being renamed "ttf-mscorefonts-installer" as of jaunty leaving "msttcorefonts" a dummy package that just depends on the former). Either way, it actually downloads and installs Microsoft's Andale Mono, Arial Black, Arial, Comic Sans, Courier New, Georgia, Impact, Times New Roman, Trebuchet, Verdana and Webdings fonts.
Microsoft actually released these fonts for free as part of a "Core fonts for the Web
" web font standardization project with a license that allows them to be legally redistributed in unmodified executable form. Once MS fonts became ubiquitous on the web, Microsoft stopped making them available (heh, figures), but they are still legally redistributable in their original form from alternate mirrors. So these deb packages download the exes from SourceForge, runs cabextract on them and then install the fonts on your system. I'm sure ttf-liberation is as good, but if you want the real actual Microsoft fonts (plus some not in ttf-liberation), this is another option.