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I know I can use .ttf (True Type Font) files on Windows. If I want to install them I just klick on the file and if its not on the system the font is getting installed.

Is this the same way on ubuntu? Are .ttf files standard to store fonts? Or is there another standard on linux? I just would like to know...

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Fonts can be installed in a system folder (system-specific, for all users) or in a home (user-specific, for just one user)

System folder: /usr/share/fonts/

Home folder: ~/.fonts/ (you may have to create the folder)

Command line utility to refresh the font cache database: fc-cache -v

Gnome GUI utility: gnome-font-viewer

Ubuntu supports otf and ttf fonts, documented in an another question: How to install otf fonts?

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From wikipeadia

TrueType is an outline font standard originally developed by Apple Computer in the late 1980s as a competitor to Adobe's Type 1 fonts used in PostScript. TrueType has become the most common format for fonts on both the Mac OS and Microsoft Windows operating systems.[citation needed]

The primary strength of TrueType was originally that it offered font developers a high degree of control over precisely how their fonts are displayed, right down to particular pixels, at various font sizes. With widely varying rendering technologies in use today, pixel-level control is no longer certain in a TrueType font.

Linux and other platforms

The FreeType project of David Turner attempts to create an independent implementation of the TrueType standard (as well as other font standards in FreeType 2). FreeType is included in many Linux distributions.

There were potential patent infringements in FreeType 1 because parts of the TrueType hinting virtual machine were patented by Apple, a fact not mentioned in the TrueType standards. (Patent holders who contribute to standards published by a major standards body such as ISO are required to disclose the scope of their patents, but TrueType was not such a standard.) FreeType 2 includes an automatic hinter that analyzes glyph shapes and attempts to generate hints automatically, thus avoiding the patented technology.3 The automatic hinter generally improves the appearance of free or cheap fonts, for which hinting is often either nonexistent or automatically generated, but it can degrade the appearance of professional hand-hinted fonts, and does not work well (or at all) for non-Western text that requires a different approach to hinting. As a result, some users chose to enable the patented hinting technology. As of May 2010, all patents related to bytecode hinting have expired worldwide, so FreeType 2.4 now enables these features >by default.

Is this the same way on ubuntu?

In ubuntu you can install fonts by

  1. Open the folder where you have downloaded the font file.
  2. Double click on the font file to open it. This opens a font viewer window.
  3. On the right there is a button, "Install Font". Click on it.Wait until the button turns to greyed out "Installed".

Are .ttf files standard to store fonts? Or is there another standard on linux?

No ,Gnu/linux uses free types fonts as default , Ubuntu uses it is own font family called ubuntu font family, Even then ubuntu supports other ttf fonts very well

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Yes, True Type fonts are a standard and are very well-supported in Ubuntu. Ubuntu also supports less common vector font standards such as OpenType (OTF), etc.

IIRC, in Windows you usually right-click a font to Install it; double-clicking opens it in the Font Viewer. Ubuntu does the same -- open in Font Viewer, and click the Install button to install it:


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