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Use Font Finder to Quickly Browse & Install Google Fonts on Ubuntu

Font Finder for LinuxIf you’re looking for a decent font finder app for Linux then you need look no further than the perfectly named ‘Font Finder’. Font Finder is a free, open source app for Linux that lets you sift through, sort and and install fonts from the huge Google Fonts archive, all from the comfort of your desktop. […]

This post, Use Font Finder to Quickly Browse & Install Google Fonts on Ubuntu, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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How to Change the GNOME Shell Font

I’m using GNOME Shell as my default Linux desktop on Ubuntu at the moment, and so far I’m really enjoying it — bar one thing. The main GNOME Shell UI font is not directly changeable. GNOME Tweak Tool lets you change the font family and font size for app windows, interface, and in the terminal, but […]

This post, How to Change the GNOME Shell Font, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Linux Color Emoji Font Adds 72 New Unicode 9.0 Emoji

emojiUnicode 9.0 support has been added to the (awesome) EmojiOne Font. This nifty SVG-in-OT font lets Linux users see and use full color emoji on Linux desktops, including Ubuntu. Version 1.2 of EmojiOne Font fully supports the 72 new pictograms added in Unicode 9.0. Among them you’ll find: Not everyone likes, gets or understands emoji — and that’s fine. But if you do, […]

This post, Linux Color Emoji Font Adds 72 New Unicode 9.0 Emoji, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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How to Change Font on Ubuntu

font change on ubuntu

The fastest way to give your desktop a fresh feeling is by changing GTK theme, icon set or loading up on desktop bling with Conky, Covergloobus and company.

All great ways to give a dull desktop a distinctive makeover but also drastic. But do you know what else can really affect the way your computer looks?

The choice of font.

The right font with the right theme and desktop wallpaper can really enhance a look.

Ubuntu Font

Ubuntu ships its own font (called Ubuntu. Genius.) by default. Many of its flavors also do this (not all).

Like getting a hand-written letter in a really fancy writing – the choice of desktop font can help make a big statement about your personality and your computer’s.

Whether you want something more legible, less rounded, or better reflect your personality, it’s super easy to do so using the Unity Tweak Tool app that is available for free in the Ubuntu Software Center.

How To Change Ubuntu Font

unity tweak tool fonts

If you don’t already have it installed you can install Unity Tweak Tool from the Ubuntu Software Center:

Install Unity Tweak Tool from Ubuntu Software Center

1. Open the app and head to the ‘Appearance‘ section.

2. Click the ‘Fonts‘ icon.

3. Choose  a new font for ‘Default font‘ by clicking the font field and selecting an alternative using the font picker. When you find a font you like you can adjust the font size to suit your tastes. Then, when done, click ‘Select’ to apply the change!

unity tweak tool font picker

If needed, repeat the same steps to pick a  new ‘Window Title Font‘.

You shouldn’t need to change the default ‘document font’ and ‘monospace font’ unless you really wish to do so. The former applies your chosen font to a selection set of applications, while the latter tweaks the font used in command line applications.

How To Reset Ubuntu Fonts

To undo your changes press the ‘Restore Defaults’ button. This will change all default, document and window titles fonts back to the desktop default.

resetting font settings on ubuntu

What desktop font do you use on your Linux desktop? Let us know in the comments below.

This post, How to Change Font on Ubuntu, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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How To See Full Color Emoji on Linux


Get colorful emoji to display in Linux

We’ve shown you how to see emoji on Linux in the past, and previewed a new tool for copy and pasting emoji characters on Ubuntu.

But one “problem” has remained: Linux emoji appears as barely legible blank and white glyphs, be it in a tweet, a web article or an e-mail.

The bright, zany emoticons that most of us have come to expect are not available on Ubuntu.

Well, this problem is now almost solved.

A  new font allows you to see color emoji on Linux in Mozilla Firefox, Thunderbird and other Gecko-based apps.

EmojiOne Color Font

Reader Nicolas tipped us to the EmojiOne Color Font project, an SVG-in-OpenType font. SVG-in-OT is a standard co-developed by Mozilla and Adobe, now part of the OpenType spec):

“SVG in Open Type […] allows font creators to embed complete SVG files within a font enabling full color and even animations. There are more details in the SVGinOT proposal and the OpenType SVG table specifications.”

monochrome emoji in chrome browserEmojiOne Color Font uses glyphs from the free Emoji One set (also used by the awesome EmojiOne Picker app we featured last month).

It’s not yet a total solution to the black and white emoji issue. Coloured ideograms will display only in Mozilla Firefox, Thunderbird and other Gecko-based apps.


Other apps, like Corebird, Google Chrome and Nylas N1, don’t support SVG-in-OT fonts and, as such, will only make use of monochrome characters.

But even monochromatic emoji look better with the EmojiOne font installed, resulting in a more consistent and uniform look than that offered by the fuzzy hairline glyphs in the fonts-symbola set.

“There’s everything you could expect from a recent Emoji theme, including ZWJ sequences, skin tones, and country flags,” says Nicolas, who has spent a great deal of time investigating ways to get full color Emoji support working on Linux.

“I believe this is the best solution right now.”

And we agree.

How to Install Color Emoji Font on Ubuntu

Although you shouldn’t experience issues by following this guide caution is nonetheless advised.

The following steps work without root, though you will need to create an override file.

First, download the font from GitHub by hitting the button below.

Download EmojiOne Color Font

Unzip the archive.

Move the EmojiOneColor-SVGinOT.ttf file to your ~/home/.fonts folder.

You may first need to press CTRL+H to show hidden files, and if the ‘.fonts’ folder does not exist you can create it (remember to include the period at the beginning).

For the next part we’ll switch to the Terminal.

Create a fontconfig folder in the local config directory:

mkdir -p ~/.config/fontconfig/

Next, enter the following text into the terminal:

cat << 'EOF' > ~/.config/fontconfig/fonts.conf

Now paste the entirety of the following code into the Terminal:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE fontconfig SYSTEM "fonts.dtd">

  Make Emoji One Color the initial fallback font for sans-serif, sans, and
  monospace. Override any specific requests for Apple Color Emoji.
    <test name="family"><string>sans-serif</string></test>
    <edit name="family" mode="prepend" binding="strong">
      <string>Emoji One Color</string>
    <test name="family"><string>serif</string></test>
    <edit name="family" mode="prepend" binding="strong">
      <string>Emoji One Color</string>
    <test name="family"><string>monospace</string></test>
    <edit name="family" mode="prepend" binding="strong">
      <string>Emoji One Color</string>
    <test name="family"><string>Apple Color Emoji</string></test>
    <edit name="family" mode="prepend" binding="strong">
      <string>Emoji One Color</string>

Enter the following command to save your config file and exit the editor:


Flush the font cache:

fc-cache -f -v

And, finally, to test the font is working you can open the following demo page in Firefox:

EmojiOne Color Demo Page

This post, How To See Full Color Emoji on Linux, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Red Hat releases free/libre Overpass font family

Red Hat announced the release of Overpass, their own highway gothic font family designed by Delve Fonts. Overpass is available under terms of SIL Open Font License.

In 2011, the company commissioned the project to Delve Withrington. The idea was to reuse Standard Alphabets For Traffic Control Devices and adapt it to screen resolution limits. Originally Delve and his team created just Regular and Bold upright faces. However, in 2014, Red Hat returned to Delve and his team for more weights and faces: under Delve’s direction, Thomas Jockin drew the Light weight, and Dave Bailey assisted with drawing the italics.

The first public version of the font family is available in Extra Light, Light, Regular, and Bold weights, in both upright and italic versions. So far Overpass has complete Extended Latin coverage and support for a variety of OpenType features such as fractions, ligatures, localized forms etc.

Overpass fonts specimen

You can download Overpass as TTF files, as well as WOFF, SVG, and EOT. If you are willing to tweak/enhance the font family, source VFB (FontLab Studio) are available on GitHub (it would be nice to have UFO there as well).

We spoke with Andy Fitzsimon, a brand manager at Red Hat, about the history of this project and further plans.

Overpass is based on a typeface standard for spatial navigation. Why did you pick it for user interfaces  and internal websites? Is it because it’s something people are already accustomed to?

In the earlier days of the Red Hat brand, a way-finding typeface was chosen for various reasons.  One quality that I’ve always liked about Highway Gothic, is that it has global cultural association with a common good.

Also, with such prominent characteristics on many glyphs, particularly the angle on many ascenders, It’s a self-governing system to write with.  Writing needs to be informative, short and to the point to be visually appealing. That’s the type of writing Red Hat wants to do: concise, helpful, and standards-born.

How and why did you choose Delve Fonts to commission the project to?

The Overpass story started with a software distribution branding need. Highway Gothic had the brand look Red Hat was using but not all the options a typographer expects (or any high quality, open source font files).

Red Hat material was already using a commercial digitization of highway gothic that had all the bells and whistles designers love (various weights, condensed text, italics etc). But using that font meant designs had to be rendered in precomposed images, in print and other graphics before being used.

It didn’t make sense to buy a commercial font license for every customer and every community member who touches our software. So branded strings of text had to be baked into images by trained designers with a license. You can see how that would be frustrating if we tried to typographically brand ever-changing UI elements.

The commercial digitisation of Highway Gothic Red Hat was designing with previously was not available as a webfont and quite honestly is still not suited as one, due to the print-focused detailed node coordinates — meaning a larger file size, than is common with similar webfonts.

At first, regular and bold variants of Overpass were commissioned by our engineering department for use in desktop and web UI’s to retain the Red Hat corporate look.

Andy Fitzsimon

Andy Fitzsimon

One thing to note: the Overpass regular variant is more of a bold and Overpass bold is more of an extra-bold. which is fine for nav bars and buttons that need to be …bold.   But when I came on board to the Brand team, my first request from my boss was that we take over the project and expand the series into a light (regular looking) weight for use on the web so that our digital content was a little less “shouty”.

I reached out to Delve as the designer of regular and bold to continue the project and he did a tremendous job!

We put the light weight through it’s paces on redhat.com and even used it as the default weight when we made presentations using reveal.js and other websites.

Since that expansion was a success, we moved onto expanding the series with true italics for use in citations and testimonials. We also added extra light and it’s italic equivalent so that we could get more conversational when using large font sizes.

Now we’re effectively at our first stable release for the entire family — and we are pretty happy to use Overpass as-is for a while.

We chose to continue to work with Delve Fonts for the entirety of the project because that’s our working style. We know we’re lucky when we have direct contact with a creative expert. Big agencies don’t offer the same kind of access and quick collaboration that we’ve enjoyed when working with Delve Withrington and his team.

Delve Withrington

Delve Withrington

Currently Overpass has extended Latin coverage. Do you intend to get Delve et al. to add Cyrillics, Arabic etc.?

We haven’t discussed Cyrillic, Arabic , Indic, Korean, Japanese or Chinese expansions of Overpass yet,  but the repo is on the project page and we’re more than happy to accept quality commits from interested designers in the community ;-).

Overpass fonts specimen

Aside from Korea, Japan, and China, we tend to do business using the Latin alphabet. So sponsoring those expansions may be a while off. I personally can’t QA other character sets either. For Red Hat, –  for now; pairing the weights of Overpass with other quality open source fonts like Google’s Noto Sans series is enough for us to get by.

What kind of further improvements is Red Hat willing to invest in?

Eventually, we may expand it to introduce a black weight and/or two monospace variants so that code snippets and command line rules can have a Red Hat look.

What would be examples of Red Hat software titles where Overpass was used for branding?

Today, all our software with a web UI uses overpass to express the Red Hat brand. Our customer portal, corporate website, presentations and staff desktops all make use of the font family to do business.

Is Red Hat planning to continue using Overpass in its own branded products now that Overpass is freely available for everyone to use?

As we harden upstream projects into official Red Hat products, we’re going to use Overpass more and more to identify the alignment of our brand to what we make. Our commercial competitors have their own typographic languages. So we’re not worried about confusing the marketplace when it comes to enterprise software.

Overpass has been open source from the beginning, from the stencils of the SAFTCD to the font files you see today. We think that speaks volumes about Red Hat as a company.

The great thing about our corporate font being open source, is that we get to watch it grow beyond the walls of our business.  Designers will use it for unique and wonderful purposes, some shocking to trained typographers – and that’s okay.  It’s a tool for everyone.

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