Consistent Fonts

I recommend these two quick steps for a friendlier, more consistent, and great looking Gnome desktop:

Step 1.  One Font throughout Gnome

In System > Preferences > Appearance

Note that all fonts are the same.  Use any font you like, but I recommend you try FreeSans.

The exact numbers aren’t so important, just that they result in big letters on your screen. Because big letters on a big LCD with subpixel smoothing looks great.

Step 2. One Font on the Web

In Firefox’s Edit > Preferences > Content > Fonts & Colors > Advanced…

Note the minimum font size (big) and that the “Allow pages to choose their own fonts” option is off.


6 Responses to Consistent Fonts

  1. I use the same settings since upgraded to Ubuntu 8.04! At first I used the Bitstream Vera and Liberation fonts, but quickly discovered the FreeSans fonts and used them since, both in Gnome and in Epiphany.



  2. Mike says:

    That’s a nice theme and colour scheme. Where did you get it?

    Clearlooks widgets, Human window borders. Whatever isn’t standard is from

  3. pancake says:

    Don’t you every thought the fonts menu is too much complex?

    I think we should only have a single combobox for selecting the fonts for the whole system, and using an advanced view to configure specific fonts per every thing. IMHO is quite lame to see huge fonts together with small ones of different types. GNOME should try to avoid nonstandard ugly configurations at first sight.

    What do you think?

  4. prokoudine says:

    Sorry, but how can you recommend fonts with broken hinting? 🙂

    Mostly because it looks good. Suggest an alternative?

  5. Aaron Strontsman says:

    Well, it’s not just that — the bold version seems to have broken kerning, too. Otherwise I’d use it of course. (Where is the hero that brings everyone a non-broken free Helvetica clone?)

  6. Aaron Strontsman says:

    Sorry, for the spam, but I can’t resist:
    @pancake: I don’t think it is too complicated, I for instance like having a serif font for title bar and desktop icons (currently Minion — hint: this font looks gorgeous, is absolutely non-free, but comes with the Windows version of Adobe Reader; but I like Clarendon too) and a sans-serif face for the rest of the UI (Déjà Vu Sans). That it’s necessary to define the monospace font separately should be clear.

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