Monday, June 4, 2007

xterm-like fonts for gnome-terminal in Fedora 7

I like using gnome-terminal, but I find the default fonts hard on my eyes. So I don't forget (and for anyone who is interested), here are the steps to use xterm's default font in gnome-terminal:

  1. As root, run `yum -y install bitmap-fonts`

  2. As root, run `ln -s /etc/fonts/conf.avail/70-yes-bitmaps.conf /etc/fonts/conf.d/`.

  3. Close all open gnome-terminal windows.

  4. Launch gnome-terminal and edit the current profile.

  5. Uncheck 'Use the system fixed width font' and click on the font button.

  6. Select 'MiscFixed' and set the font size to 10.

  7. Your terminals now look crispy in the dark.

7 comments:

  1. Gah, no. :) It took a decade to finally get rid of all the bitmap fonts and get decent internationalization..

    - Chris.

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  2. Now, is MiscFixed really that good? Give terminus a try (terminus-font-x11 package). Non-antialiased bitmap font which is as easy on eyes as font can ever get. MiscFixed is slightly better because it includes a lot of glyphs - with terminus fontconfig will have to pull them from other fonts, still terminus was specifically designed for people who stare a lot into terminal or text editor window.

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  3. > Gah, no. :) It took a decade to finally get rid of all the bitmap fonts and get decent
    > internationalization..
    >
    > - Chris.

    I can't say I don't feel a twinge of guilt for using bitmap fonts. At least MiscFixed seems to have a wide range of unicode characters.

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  4. > Now, is MiscFixed really that good? Give terminus a try (terminus-font-x11 package).

    I've tried terminus, but couldn't get it at a size that I liked; it was either too big or too small.

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  5. Maybe you should try Inconsolata (http://www.levien.com/type/myfonts/inconsolata.html) and see if you like it on your terminal.

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  6. Inconsolata is an incredible font, I've been using it for all my various consoles and editors for a while now and I can't stop kissing the screen.

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