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Improve Font Rendering in Fedora Linux

In this guide, we are going to see the steps to improve the font rendering and make Fedora font rendering like Ubuntu using Infinality font. I’m not going to add any before/after screenshots as the font rendering will differ from display to display based on the resolution, the pixel density etc.

 

Fedora

 

Method 1 – Using Liberation Fonts

We are going to install Liberation fonts from Fedora Repository which serves as replacement MS fonts namely, Times New Roman, Arial, and Courier New. The Liberation fonts package will install Sans, Serif, and Monospace, Narrow families.

Go to the Liberation Fonts Build page and download the latest 2.x version binary TTF package.

Then extract it using an archive manager or by running the following command,
tar -xvf liberation-fonts-ttf-2*.tar.gz

Make the liberation directory in /usr/share/fonts/ by running the following command,
sudo mkdir -p /usr/share/fonts/truetype/liberation

 

Now we have to copy all the TTF files to /usr/share/fonts/truetype/liberation directory.

Lets browse to the directory which has the liberation fonts and then copy it to the liberation fonts directory that we created in the above step and then cache the newly installed fonts by running the following commands,
cd liberation-fonts-ttf-2*
sudo cp *.ttf /usr/share/fonts/truetype/liberation/
sudo fc-cache

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The Ultimate Guide to the Best Linux Distros

Before we jump into the actual distro list, first lets take a look at 32bit vs 64bit versions and the different desktop environments.

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32bit vs 64bit:

Each & every release of Linux distro are released in 2 variants namely 32bit & 64bit. So which variant to download, install & use?

You should use,

  • 32bit – If your PC has a 32bit processor
  • 64bit – If your PC has a 64bit processor

In addition to that, 32bit variants can support only upto 4GB of RAM. So again,

  • 32bit – If your PC has 4GB or less than 4GB of RAM
  • 64bit – If your PC has more than 4GB of RAM

Codenames:

32bit variants usually have the name pattern similar to,

  • DISTRONAME-x86.iso
  • DISTRONAME-i386.iso
  • DISTRONAME-i586.iso
  • DISTRONAME-i686.iso

64bit variants usually have the name pattern similar to,

  • DISTRONAME-x86_64.iso
  • DISTRONAME-amd64.iso

In simple terms, if the file name has the number 64 then its probably the 64-bit variant.

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How to format pen-drive/flash-disks/removable-drives in Linux distros

In a Linux distro, you can format a removable disk (in most of the desktop environments) by right clicking on the disk and choosing format. But its just quick format and you can’t choose the file system or other info. that you want to use for your removable disk. So in order to format removable disk drives in Linux we need some application to do that.

Also in Xfce desktop environment, you cannot format a removable disk directly by right clicking on the disk and choosing format because Xfce (till version 4.10) does not come with such option.

One of the best application for formatting removable disks is Disks.

Features

  • View local and removable storage devices
  • View partitions and filesystems
  • Format disks and media
    • USB keys, card readers, flash media, disk disks
    • Support encryption to keep data private (e.g. LUKS or others)
  • Modify disk partition layouts
    • Create/delete filesystems and partitions
    • Edit filesystems and partitions (resize, change label)
  • Disk images
    • Create/restore disk images for disk/volumes
    • Access disk image files (including ISO files)
  • Edit system configuration
    • Activate specific devices at OS start-up (fstab/crypttab)
  • View hardware problems (SMART)

 

How to Use

1) Open Disks and then choose the external disk that you want to format.

2) Unmount the disk because you can’t format the disks that are mounted.

3) Click the gears like symbol and then select format.

4) A new window will pop up with the options to choose

  • quick format or full format
  • type of file system to be used (FAT is the preferred format for removable disks)
  • name of the removable disk

5) After choosing the options, click format and disks will do the rest of the work.

 

Disks Unmount

 

Disks format menu

 

Disks formatting options

 

Disks formatting the drive

 

 

Download & Install

To install Gnome Disks in your Linux distro, follow these steps

 

Ubuntu / Linux Mint / Elementary OS / Debian

sudo apt-get install gnome-disk-utility

 

Fedora

yum install gnome-disk-utility

 

Arch / Manjaro Linux

You can install it either from the official repository or AUR.

Official Repo:
pacman -S gnome-disk-utility
AUR:
yaourt -S gnome-disk-utility

 

OpenSUSE

zypper install gnome-disk-utility

 

 

Note:

  • In Xfce distros, the disks application may not appear in the main menu and instead its listed in the “Settings Manager”. So go to settings manager and then type “disks” in the search bar and you’ll find disks listed in it.
  • You can also start the application using Terminal. The command to start disks is

gnome-disks

  • You can also use a launcher like Synapse or some other launcher to start Disks.

 

Starting Disks using Synapse

 

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