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Edit (or create if it doesn't exist yet) ~/.Xdefaults
and add something like:
for individual users,
for global settings.
Perhaps a solution I found out a few time ago can give some
In the gnome menu I think that if you right click in "Terminal"
and select properties a window will show what is the command executed
when you lauch terminal. If it is something like "xterm &" change it
to "xterm -fn <your favorite font> &". If you type "man xterm" you
will see more options you can use to customize xterm to your style.