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I just upgraded to 12.04 and should have pretty default settings, yet Chinese text is displaying inconsistently. In the example below, for instance, 九 and 山 (two out of three characters) look as expected, but 龙 looks like it's in a different font, or is boldfaced, or is somehow antialiased differently than the others. Why does this happen, and how can I fix it?


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it is indeed a different font. the fonts you are using do not include that character, so Ubuntu switched to one that contain that font. to fix this ~ switch to font that include all the character you need.

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Please edit your answer to add how can one switch to another font. – Peachy Oct 27 '12 at 2:06

To get the nice fonts, install the Language Support for Chinese Simplified/Traditional, like what is described in this guide:

As an aside, iirc several versions back the Chinese text will just show up as ???, so in a way whatever fallback font that is being used now (some said it was Dejavu) can be considered an improvement since that time.

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