Artwiz fonts on Ubuntu Hardy
May 25, 2008
The artwiz fonts, a set of bitmapped ‘futuristic’ fonts, are no longer in Ubuntu’s (Hardy’s) repositories. But don’t despair! Though installing these fonts is no longer as easy as apt-getting it, installing them manually isn’t that hard.
Download the fonts from this Sourceforge page. These are the ‘improved artwiz fonts’ that should work in Gtk2 and KDE3 applications. Once you reach the download page, you’ll see there are three versions available: German (de), English (en) and Swedish (se). These are basically the same fonts, but with different language encoding support (think ü, ö, etc.). You’ll only need one of them; pick the one you like.
If you want full ISO-8859-1 support, you can also use the artwiz latin1 fonts.
Extract the archive and move the extracted folder to /usr/share/fonts/X11/misc (the examples below use the English (en) font set)
tar xvjf artwiz-aleczapka-en-1.3.tar.bz2 sudo mv artwiz-aleczapka-en-1.3 /usr/share/fonts/X11/misc
Renew your font cache:
sudo fc-cache -f -v
Reconfigure your fontconfig settings:
sudo dpkg-reconfigure fontconfig
Enable the use of bitmapped fonts:
sudo dpkg-reconfigure fontconfig-config
Answer the questions as follows. First select the font tuning method (I chose Native):
Set the subpixel rendering of the fonts to ‘Automatic’:
And finally, enable bitmapped fonts:
Once you have restarted X, you should be able to use the artwiz fonts in your Gtk, Qt and Openbox settings.
If you want to use the artwiz fonts in conky, you no longer have to disable xft. To display conky with the artwiz font snap, use the following settings:
use_xft yes font snap-7
Finally, if you want the artwiz fonts to also show up in xfontsel, specify the path to your artwiz fonts in the “Files” section of your /etc/X11/xorg.conf. Here is what that section looks like on this computer:
Section "Files" FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi" FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/X11/util" FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi" FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/X11/100dpi/:unscaled" FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/X11/75dpi/:unscaled" FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/X11/Type1" FontPath "/usr/share/fonts/X11/misc/artwiz-aleczapka-en-1.3/" EndSection
Restart X, and you should be able to select them in xfontsel.