[Scribus] OT: system-wide font management on Linux

Christoph Schäfer christoph-schaefer
Wed Mar 15 21:10:05 CET 2006

Hi Sebastian,

Am Mittwoch, 15. M?rz 2006 17:11 schrieb Sebastian R?der:
> Hi list,
> for a long time I have plant to organize and manage the fonts on my linux
> box some how to make it easier to find the appropriate (good quality) fonts
> for any task in apps like OpenOffice and Scribus.
> I know that Scribus has a good font management build in, so from the
> Scribus side it's not a problem. However e.g. OpenOffice shows a rather
> long font list and only gives the user the possibility to ADD fonts, but
> not to DISABLE them.
> My main idea is to strip down my install to a bare minimun of fonts (mostly
> fonts that are needed for the GUIs and such) and then add all my high
> quality DTP fonts (from MS Office, Adobe Products on my Windows Install) to
> a custom dir in my home. I can do the last step by using the KDE "font
> manager". My question is whether anybody knows a "real" more powerfull font
> manager that can show e.g. all glyphs of a font, the kerning infos and some
> kind of classification. I could only find such apps for Win and Mac.

Have you tried fontlinge? http://www.gesindel.de/page_whatis_german.php

> The second questions is related to the fonts that belong to xorg. I can
> finetune quite well which of them I want to install thanks to the new
> modular release 7.0 of xorg-x11. But I am not sure what e.g. the fonts in
> the dirs /usr/share/fonts/100dpi and 75dpi are for. Is this only for
> display on the monitor?


> Same goes for the fonts that come installed with 
> ghostscript into /usr/share/fonts/default/ghostscript - are they required
> for a working ghostscript?

I don't think so, but these are high quality fonts I recommend to keep on your 

> I hope my main idea is quite clear now and other people that dealed with
> font management on Linux can give me some tipps.
> Regards
> Sebastian



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