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Old 09-12-2004, 02:05 PM   #1
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Question Times New Roman-like fonts

I haven't spent much time working with until now, and I realize I don't know much about fonts in Linux. At this point I need to type up some papers for school, and I was wondering what Linux fonts look most similar to Times New Roman, or if there was a way to get that font itself for Linux. Thanks in advance.
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Copy a fonts folder from Windows to your Linux box. I use KDE mainly, so I'll tell you what works there - open the fonts folder you have just copied in, double click the first font file. You should see an example of what the font looks like and an install button. Hit the install button. Ok the finished message and return to the main part of that folder. Repeat for the rest of the font files.

If you do it as a user, they will be enabled for that user. If you do it by opening the file manager as super user, they will be applied system wide.
Old 09-12-2004, 02:50 PM   #3
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Helvetica looks quite similar (but a bit bolder).

The easiest way to install MS-Windows fonts is through fetchmsttfonts; see

If you can get the .ttf file from a Windows installation, then you can install it under X windows provided it's relatively recent, by copying it to /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/truetype/ and then updating the /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/truetype/fonts.{dir,scale} files (see the X-Windows documentation for more details).

I have a vanilla install of SuSE linux with various patch RPMs from SuSE, and that definitely includes Times New Roman. Probably through the fetchmsttfonts scripts.
Old 09-12-2004, 04:33 PM   #4
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Ok, it looks like there are several ways to get Times on there. My only question is... what is the legality of doing this? I'd assume Windows fonts are all locked down in licenses and that you're not technically supposed to do this. If you've already purchased a copy of Windows are you allowed to use these files under Linux as you wish, or does doing this fall into one of those grey areas that seems to always come up when dealing with these kinds of issues?
Old 09-12-2004, 07:49 PM   #5
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I did some reading and it looks like this is ok to do, but I'm having trouble figuring it out. I'm using slackware and fluxbox, so KDE or rpm based methods probably aren't going to work. I found the ttf file and moved it to the TTF folder (there isn't one named truetype), but I'm not sure what you mean by the dir and scale files and I can't find information on them other than utilities that I don't have that automatically create them. Also, my XF86Config has several fontpaths but that TTF directory isn't one of them. Is there a reason why all these other folders and included but TTF isn't? Is there some lack of support for truetype fonts or something like that?

Sorry for the multiple posts. I just put the ttf file in the /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/local directory and it seems to appear and work fine in OOo. Is there any reason why I need to deal with those dir and scale files now? Thanks again.

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Old 09-12-2004, 08:19 PM   #6
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Mandrake has a control center in the GUI, and if you click on "configure", you can dig around until you find the fonts icon. Clicking it, you can browse for fonts to add. I browsed over to my windows partition and nabbed arial, times, and verdana, popular web fonts, and imported them onto my linux box using that. Click OK, all done.

Maybe there is something similar in your distro.
Old 09-12-2004, 08:52 PM   #7
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I'm using Slackware and Fluxbox, so there's no nice auto-configure utility, but all of this should be possible by just editing the files manually. It seems to work now, but I just wanted to see what these dir and scale files do and if I need to create them for some reason.


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