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don't know about the slack or deadrat, but can't you just get the windows fonts (presuming that you have a copy of windows somewhere?) or failing that, you can get a fair number of windows fonts (I think) by checking out the msttcorefonts + cabextract packages - which I presume would work for the slack and deadrat ???
it should be somewhere like /etc/usr/fonts - I presume that gnome has a search facility (sorry I use kde, which does)
Don't forget, that if you can do the "mandrake" thing of getting the windows fonts, also if you can access slack and redhat partitions, I would use the font thing in mandrake to get and set up the fonts and then copy them over to the other partitions.
If not, get the cabextract and un pack that, then get the msttcorefonts - if you find that the fonts are normally in /etc/usr/fonts then the cabextract should put an extra directory called something like ttfonts or msttfonts or corefonts or whatever within the /etc/usr/fonts
If you want windows fonts available to OpenOffice, and you also want your desktop, mozilla, etc to look lovely with anti-aliased fonts to rival those of windows, I seriously suggest you check out this page: http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/mini/FDU/
and follow it through. It's a godsend