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If you download the spec file, and look through it, it all makes sense how to add other fonts, provided you have a medium through which to send the files from one computer to the other. The script downloads files, puts them in a directory, and packages them for installation. Just add something to that where you cp them into the proper directory before it packages it all up, and you're set to go.
XP, In your xp-box, go to: c:\windows\fonts. Burn the fonts file to a CD, then in slack, copy them to /usr/X11/lib/fonts/TTF. Edit: /etc/fonts/fonts.conf, with the actual PATH to your personal-font stash, i.e: if you have them stored in your home dir in a file named TTFonts, add the line: <dir>/home/yourname/TTFonts</dir> . Adjust this to your actual PATH. Then go to control center-appearance-fonts and choose your fonts.
I have all my ttf fonts copied over from my Windows XP partition, and I have run fc-cache -f on the directory and generated the fonts.cache-1 file. In addition I added the directory to the XF86Config file as a FontPath entry, and made that change to /etc/fonts/fonts.conf. The fonts work, but don't seem to be recognized by GTK2. In other words they don't appear in gnome-font-properties.
Edit: Nevermind, I moved the fonts to ~/.fonts and adjusted the FontPath entry in the XF86Config file, and for some reason it seemed to work. It's a pretty dumb solution if you ask me, but oh well, it works.
Sorry I think I understand, is your problem that gnome does not retain your font preferences for window titles, desktop, terminal, etc.? If so it could be a permissions thing and might be solved by doing
# chmod -R 644 ~/.gnome
so that it can write to the preferences files, but I could easily be wrong.
I'm having the same problem as the starter of this thread... I've recompiled freetype with the bytecode interpreter on and installed those Vera Bitstream fonts, and everything still looks like crap, even with antialiasing turned off. What should I do now?