Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Vista Fonts on Ubuntu Linux

If you want continue to edit MS Office 2007 documents that uses fonts like Calibri, Cambria, etc under Ubuntu Linux without problems, check out this very useful instructions.
(I think the script can run with little or no modifications in other distributions).
The article author suggest you to create and execute the script (vista-fonts-installer.sh) posted as link in the article page. I suggest you to read the article and users comments, but let me list the fundamentals steps:
  • create a directory named .fonts in your home
    • mkdir ~/.fonts
  • download the file into your home directory vista-fonts-installer.sh (in the home, not in ~/.fonts!)
  • make the script executable
    • chmod a+x ~/vista-fonts-installer.sh
  • modify the header of the script from #!/bin/sh to #!/bin/bash (see users comments)
  • finally, execute the script
    • ./vista-fonts-installer.sh
I hope this info were useful also for you.

Sunday, 16 March 2008

Try Vector Linux

Are you searching for a fast, lightweight and simple to install linux? A linux distro with good defaults and pre-configured nice gui settings? Then try Vector Linux.
The installation program is ncurses based (graphical text gui) but is very simple to use (at least for people with some linux experience). For now I've installed this distro in a virtual machine with 128MB of ram and a small hard disk (10GB total; >3GB used installing "can't live without" software).
After the first boot; I can surf the web, play a Mario's clone and write a Sci-Fi story with AbiWord!

In next days (I hope...) I'll try this wonderful linux in a real old pc. Stay tuned!