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Yeah, so there's the question. I wondered if it was possible to use the Ubuntu font in the terminal. I know how to change the font, but using anything except a monospace font doesn't really work very well. Is there a way to use a non-monospace font where it looks ok?

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It's possible and it looks ugly. As you said, "anything except a monospace font doesn't really work very well". So why are you looking into this possibility? Could you make that clear by editing your question? – user25656 Sep 16 '12 at 16:57
Why am I looking into this possibility? Maybe I don't have a why, maybe I'm just curious! – captainjamie Sep 17 '12 at 8:34

Is it possible? Yes. (However, not for Konsole - it prevents you to select non-monospaced fonts.)

Does it work well? No. Output formatting is relying on a monospaced font to make it look as designed (tabular output for example).

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ok, but HOW? I got a font (ttf-fixedsys-excelsior) which is nearly monospaced (it is monospaced for all original Fixedsys characters, except for some ligatures), but I'm not able to make it appear among the fonts selectable by the gnome terminal. I am willing to edit .fonts.conf or to use FontForge. – Walter Tross Oct 17 '12 at 20:56
sorry, the name of the nearly monospaced font is Fixedsys Excelsior – Walter Tross Oct 18 '12 at 14:22

I suggest you look at this similar question asked on Super User.

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