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Adding Microsoft core fonts to Debian

18th June 2009

When setting up Ubuntu, I usually add in Microsoft’s core fonts by installing the msttcorefonts package using either Synaptic or apt-get. I am not sure why I didn’t try doing the same thing for Debian until now but it’s equally as feasible. Just pop over to System > Administration > Software Sources and ensure that the check-boxes for the contrib and non-free categories are checked like you see below.

Debian Software Sources

You could also achieve the same end by editing /etc/apt/sources.list and adding the non-free and contrib keywords to make lines look like these before issuing the command apt-get update as root:

deb lenny main non-free contrib
deb-src lenny main non-free contrib

All that you are doing with the manual editing route is performing the same operations that the more friendly front end would do for you anyway. After that, it’s a case of going with the installation method of your choice and restarting Firefox or Iceweasel to see the results.


  • Al Nonymous says:

    Are you a GNOME user? Because I’m a Debian Squeeze KDE 3.x user and it doesn’t have the “Software Sources” dialog box that you pictured.

  • John says:

    Yes, it is GNOME that I have. However, I have seen Synaptic used in PCLinuxOS so I would hope that you have something that answers to the same functionality. In hindsight, I probably should have mentioned the desktop that I am using.

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