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I want to install a Microsoft Vista TTF font (lets say Consolas), on Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope).

How do I go about doing that?

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This article explains how to install the Microsoft fonts on Ubuntu step by step. It's part of the Universe repository.

This article explain how to install the Vista fonts which includes Consolas on Ubuntu. You need to extract the fonts from the Microsoft Powerpoint Viewer.

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Extracting those fonts from the MS Powerpoint Viewer is probably illegal though... – JanC Aug 28 '10 at 12:32

If you've got a Windows machine handy (IANAL but I think you need a Vista licence in order to legally use the Consolas font), copy the file somewhere convenient.

Then in a terminal:

sudo cp *.ttf /usr/local/share/fonts
cd /usr/local/share/fonts
sudo chown root:root *.ttf
sudo fc-cache
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IANAL wins the award for "most visually jarring acronym" every time. – Telemachus Jul 18 '09 at 12:49
+1 to therefromhere for straightforward response, and +1 to Telemachus for pointing out the visual connection vis-a-vis Freudian subtlety with the acronym used. – Avery Payne Jul 18 '09 at 14:57
If you have a Visual Studio 2005 or 2008 license, you can also legally use Consolas:… – Michael Stum Jul 20 '09 at 9:56

Check out this script.

winetricks is a quick and dirty script to download and install various redistributable runtime libraries...

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