1) Use a Terminus font, that you'll find in /etc/share/kbd/consolefonts [Read the PPS below first]. To try one, for instance size 20 bold:
setfont -v ter-120b.psf.gz
In the font name argument, 1 is the codepage (should be OK for English), 20 is the size , b stands for bold (you can try also v or n instead). To check what's available:
( cd /usr/share/kbd/consolefonts
ls -1 ter*
When you are satisfied, just put the setfont
command in /etc/rc.d/rc.font and make it executable.
2) Make and install a package for FbTerm
. This allows you to use any true type font on the console (not using X). I recommend DejaVu (you can pick DejaVu Sans, DejaVu Sans Mono or DejaVu Serif). Advantages:
- DejaVu is very good looking IMO
- It is fully scalable, i.e. you can use any size that you want. Of course you can't do that with a bitmap font.
- fbterm works directly in a Linux console and in a framebuffer as well (not under X, but it wouldn't be useful there as true type fonts are already available under X).
fbterm -n "DejaVu Sans Mono" -s 26
See "man fbterm" for the details, and don't worry: when writing font names case doesn't matter.
PS Just in case you didn't make a full Slackware installation: you'll need fontconfig and freetype and of course the font you want to use as dependencies of fbterm.
PPS I forgot... Terminus font is not shipped in Slackware 14.0. But that's not an issue, just grab the package you'll find in the ap/ series for Slackware 14.1 on any mirror, there is nothing to compile, so you can safely install it on Slackware 14.0 with the installpkg
PPPS I just realized I'm *really* late... Well, maybe that will help some though