How/Where to get standard TrueType fonts (now solved!)

john d. herron paradox.herron at
Wed Nov 1 05:50:30 UTC 2006

Your reply may have been long, but more than worth a read. Thanks for 
understanding that not every help-seeker is automatically familiar with 
geek-speak. I have also learned, now, that - at the risk of offending 
someone - it is always better to explain things in clear and simple 
words than to automatically assume - as we often tend to  - that the 
help-seeker operates at the same level as the explainer.
And that if I'm to implement a successful migration, I'll have to indeed 
get more comfortable with fundamentals, like the CLI.
But I think I'm veering off topic here; so I'll just say: Thanks again, Tez.

Tez wrote:
> john d. herron wrote:
>> Thanks, Tez, for your very clear and concise explanation, which worked
>> beautifully - and thanks to Ian Rose, as well.
>> Since Adept Help does not work on my box, I'm going to file this one
>> away for future reference.
>> As a long-time Windows user, small-business owner and VB programmer
>> who has for the past eighteen or so months been working (first with
>> SuSE 9.2 and now with Kubuntu 6.06, which I much prefer) at migrating
>> everything to Linux, I'm still very much a greenhorn, used to working
>> with GUI apps and tools and not yet much at home with a console or CLI.
>> So if there's an easier, or better, way to look for and find/install
>> software, I'd love to learn more about it.
>> john
> (Long reply, but worth a read)
> In my experience working with the CLI is easier then working with some
> GUIs (especially Adept). The good things about Linux though is choice, I
> don't like Adept, so I don't use it (I use Synaptic as the GUI). But if
> you just want to do a quick search, of you know the name of the package
> you want to install, the CLI is best.
> apt-cache
> apt-cache is used to search the package cache, i.e. searching for
> packages, getting the description of a package and some other things
> too. E.g. The command
> apt-cache search arial
> shows the output:
> roxen-fonts-iso8859-2 - Extra fonts for roxen
> msttcorefonts - Installer for Microsoft TrueType core fonts
> >From there you get the package name and a short description. If you want
> a more detailed description you'll run:
> apt-cache show msttcorefonts
> the output shows:
> Package: msttcorefonts
> Priority: optional
> Section: multiverse/x11
> Installed-Size: 164
> Maintainer: Tollef Fog Heen <tfheen at>
> Architecture: all
> Version: 1.2ubuntu3
> Depends: wget (>= 1.9.1-4), cabextract (>= 0.1-2), xutils (>= 4.0.2),
> debconf (>= 1.2.0), defoma, debianutils (>= 1.7)
> Recommends: x-ttcidfont-conf
> Filename: pool/multiverse/m/msttcorefonts/msttcorefonts_1.2ubuntu3_all.deb
> Size: 22540
> MD5sum: d858e7d7cd245f1107009d418671b478
> Description: Installer for Microsoft TrueType core fonts
>  This package allows for easy installation of the Microsoft True Type
>  Core Fonts for the Web including:
> [etc...]
> Then to install the package, rather than opening Adept (or any other
> GUI) and waiting for it to load, you just type:
> sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts
> type in your password, and apt-get will download the package, with it's
> dependences if not already installed and will then install the package
> for you.
> You can find out more about the commands (or any command) by looking at
> the "man pages", you get to them by typing "man [command]". So you can
> type "man apt-cache" and "man apt-get" to find out about apt-cache and
> apt-get respectively.
> Unlike with windows, anything you can do with a GUI, you can do from the
> console. From editing text files to playing music files (or streams) or
> videos (as long as you have an X server running). It's well worth you
> diving in and playing with the CLI, if you're worried about possibly
> damaging your system from the powerful CLI, don't be. As long as you
> don't add "sudo" before a command, the worst it can do is delete your
> users files, and to make sure you don't even do that, just create a new
> user to work on the CLI with until you're more confident, the user won't
> be able to use sudo at all unless you set that up yourself.
> So have a poke around the CLI and get more comfortable with it, because
> that's where the power of Linux is.
> Tez

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