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I'm currently installing Ubuntu 9.10 on a desktop at home because I'm sick of using FreeBSD as a desktop (specifically, the headache that is the ports tree). I'm going to make a note here of any gotchas that I encounter during my transition.

I've been using JMK's Neep Alt font in gvim. I find it a pleasing font for programming. This is a bitmap font, which Ubuntu doesn't seem to support out of the box.

First, install the software package:

$ sudo apt-get install xfonts-jmk

Then you need to delete the following file:

$ sudo rm /etc/fonts/conf.d/70-no-bitmaps.conf

Finally, rebuild the font cache:

$ sudo fc-cache -f -v

Source: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=792471

Date: 2010-02-23 05:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nipper.livejournal.com
Bitmap fonts, so 80s!

Date: 2010-02-23 05:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] whyrl.livejournal.com
Perhaps! I've yet to discover a better font for coding however.

Date: 2010-02-26 07:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wolfwings.livejournal.com
Same here. Though I settled on Terminus myself. Bitmap fonts, when you have to stare at a monospace-fonted terminal all day, clobber vector-based fonts all over the map.

Date: 2010-02-24 08:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marko-the-rat.livejournal.com
It's weird that Ubuntu actually goes to the trouble of disabling support for bitmap fonts.

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