I came across this in the sun's java forum when I was going thru it today and remembered your post in Linuxquestions. I have cut and pasted the discussion thread below. Hope this helps.
Here is the link....
Fonts under Linux by PaulRobinshaw
May 22, 06:52 AM
Forum Home > New To Java Technology
FROM AN EARLIER POST:
This solution is posted at Borlands site.
Get (from MSWindows95/98) the symbol.ttf font (from windows/fonts or whatever) and copy it into your Linux
java fonts directory(jdk1.3.0/jre/lib/fonts).
Then in that same directory edit the "fonts.dir" file. increment the first number by one (eg. change 12 to 13).
Add a line at the bottom to say.. symbol.ttf -urw-symbol-medium-r-normal--0-0-0-0-p-0-adobe-fontspecific
(All on one line, use space bar to make the two columns line up. Do not use Tab bar) "