XP Look for Ubuntu
it or not fellow Ubuntu followers Microsoft Windows XP looks really
XP's fonts are excellent. Ever wonder how you can
get this look for Ubuntu? You can. You need to turn
off the anti-aliasing of the fonts. IMO Ubuntu does too much
anti-alaising that the fonts end up looking a little blurry.
Vista IMO has far worse looking fonts than XP using the new Aero
This procedure is in no way trying to transform Ubuntu into XP.
I like many others think Windows XP has excellent looking
This procedure was taken from Ubuntu forums user calande. I have added
what I feel are some additional explanations to the procedure.
Without this person I would not have been able to bring this
to you. To view the thread from Ubuntu forums click here. I thank this
person very much.
I have a script to automate this entire procedure. You can get the
Script must be run as root and have 755 permission.
This procedure is also part of the fesity script section of
If after doing this procedure you don't want the XP look on your system
then please download my XP look for Ubuntu uninstall script here.
Once again the script requires root privelages with 755
If you decided to do the installation manually then proceed. You will need to get the Microsoft core fonts.
Liscensing restrictions prevent Microsoft core fonts from being
installed on Ubuntu by default. However Microsoft does make
the fonts available as a free download.
have two methods in which to get the Microsoft core fonts.
- Method #1:
apt-get msttcorefonts and unpack archive containing Tahoma fonts
You will have to enable
the universe and
multiverse repositories to do this if they are disabled.
apt-get install msttcorefonts
msttcorefonts package is installed you will notice that Tahoma
and Tahoma Bold
is missing. You will need to extract Tahoma and
Tahoma Bold from the zip file. Tahoma is used for Microsoft desktop, title bars and
so if you are trying to get that XP look you will need the Tahoma
and Tahoma Bold fonts. Install Tahoma by doing the following in a terminal.
sudo unzip -d /usr/share/fonts/truetype/msttcorefonts ~/tahoma.zip
sudo fc-cache -f -v
rm -f ~/tahoma.zip
preceding statement do is to download the tahoma.zip file to you home
folder and unzip the archive to your msttcorefonts folder. The
fonts are then added to the font cache. The .zip file is then
removed as it is no longer needed.
tarball that contains all Microsoft fonts
I have a .tar.gz archive that
contains all the Microsoft fonts including Tahoma. To install
them type the followiing in a terminal:
sudo tar -xvjpf ~/msfonts.tbz -C /usr/share/fonts/truetype/msttcorefonts
sudo fc-cache -f -v
rm -f ~/msfonts.tbz
commands download the MS font archive to you home folder and unpack
them in the msttcorefonts folder. After that the font cache is
them updated. The archive is then removed as it is no longer
Now that the fonts have been successfully added you may proceed.
Get the XML scripts
Now that the fonts are installed we will need to use the XML scripts to
turn off the anti-aliasing. Download the scripts here.
These scripts also
have quite a few aliases so that the Microsoft core fonts are used
Unpack the scripts to your /etc/fonts folder by doing the following in
tar -xvjpf fontconfig.tbz -C /etc/fonts/
Change the system fonts fonts from the System--->Preferences--->Font
Font Preferences window will pop up. Make the following
|Window Title Font
Vera Sans Mono
Once this is done log out and log back in. You will notice
that your desktop and applications will look like XP with razor sharp
It has come to my attention that some of my readers have reported that
a font size of 8 makes the font look somewhat jagged. After a
little reasearch Microsoft uses a patented technology called Cleartype.
As I said in the beginning of this article, Microsoft is
at making their fonts look great. I have changed the font
size to 9 as it offers the best look.
I hope this helps.