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Please excuse my ignorance, I just find it weird. I am on my Win7 box. Also, only this site renders the font in my browser while design.canonical.com does not. I am pretty sure the latter uses Ubuntu font as the default the last time I logged into my Ubuntu box.

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Because this site embeds the font itself; the canonical site just requests it, perhaps?

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Confirmed using Google Chrome's resource tracking: This site uses a downloadable web font while design.canonical.com just specifies the font's name. –  ændrük Oct 11 '10 at 0:28

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