Sunday, April 18, 2010

Installing Mac Fonts on Ubuntu 10.04

Installing the fonts:

1. From the Linux terminal, download Mac fonts with this command:

$ wget

2. Untar or extract the downloaded file:

$ tar zxvf macfonts.tar.gz

3. Move macfonts folder to the /fonts directory:

$ sudo mv macfonts /usr/share/fonts/

4. Reload the font cache:

$ sudo fc-cache -f -v

Using the fonts:

You can now test or use the fonts by going to System --> Preferences --> Appearance, and then clicking on the "Fonts" tab. Here is a sample setup on using theMac fonts:

Application font: Lucida MAC 10
Document font: Lucida MAC 10
Desktop font: Lucida MAC 10
Window title font: LucidaMacBold 10
Fixed width font: Lucida Console 10

Minimum RAM for Fedora 13 beta?

As a rule of thumb, I wouldn't go one byte less than 512MB for 32-bit, or 1GB for 64-bit.

More realistically, 1GB is a probably a good "minimum RAM" to start with for any GUI OS (32- or 64-bit), then increase as-needed. People might disagree, but it's honestly my experience that if you really need to have less than 1GB RAM ... then you probably shouldn't be considering a Gnome or KDE desktop. If you don't have enough RAM, you should probably consider a server (e.g. text-mode) environment, or a distro like Puppy Linux (which supports REALLY tiny memory footprints!), or Ubuntu Remix.