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Vista Fonts on Linux

April 14, 2007

I found an article on how to obtain Vista’s TTF fonts via PowerPoint Viewer 2007 (free download). For Ubuntu/Debian (or any other Linux flavour), here are the steps:

  1. Download Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 Viewer (approx 25 mb)
  2. Install cabextract via Synaptic. Maybe you’ll need to have the universe repos available
    For the CLI guys: sudo apt-get install cabextract
  3. Run: cabextract PowerPointViewer.exe
  4. Run: cabextract ppviewer.cab
  5. Copy the fonts to your local fonts folder.
    Using CLI magic: find -iname '*tt?' -exec cp {} ~/.fonts/ \;

There you go, now the new fonts should be available in your fonts preferences. I’ve tried the fonts but unfortunately it looks odd on my CRT screen. Something might be wrong with my settings. I’ll try them on my office’s LCD screen next Monday.

Meanwhile, if this works great for you, have fun!

via jdub

10 Comments
  1. Salam kenal. Kenapa sich mau pakai font dari Vista? Bukannya orang pada males pindah ke Vista. Fungsionil sama, harus bayar duit lagi. Mungkin lebih gampang bikin desktop atau GUI yang mirip Vista, tapi until WinXP, Win2K, Linux, Ubuntu, etc. [HT]

  2. @Hardjono:
    Karena enak dilihat :)

  3. Ah… you have to run cabextract twice. Once on the exe and once on the cab file it contains.

  4. @Piers:
    Ouch my bad. Thanks for the reminder. I’ll fix it right away

  5. @Andrew Z:
    Thanks for the insight. I didn’t know about that one.

  6. bocardo permalink

    it’s not your settings, they look weird because they where designed to be used only with cleartype rendering (almost no traditional hinting, only for interface sizes on some). on xp it’s the same. these fonts are called collectively the cleartype collection or something like that.

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  8. Martin permalink

    if you have problems extracting Consolas font from the microsoft.com download address, just run the installer with Wine and then copy the .ttf files from /home/user/.wine/c_drive/windows/fonts/ directory

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