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I think part of the problem is that LO does place fonts in a folder that is not the system's font folder. So if the user has some DejaVu fonts already installed, LO may use its version of fonts over the ones the user installed. Also there would be some fonts in the LO list that are not in the font list for any other package.

One problem may be that LO cannot install the fonts in the different distro's font folders. Windows-based, DEB-based, RPM-based, Mac-based, systems all have different ways of installing fonts. So it may be hard to get the font installation for each OS or distro of Linux to work properly.

Still, there are issues with package loading up a Windows systems with all the different fonts that "they" want and not the user choice of fonts. Some packages require a specific font for their operation, and do not use the "default" system fonts. That can be a problem for users to reduce the number of fonts in their font folder[s]. Ubuntu hides many fonts in their /usr/share/fonts/ folder system. I see Type 1 fonts listed and I do not know why Ubuntu would need Type 1 fonts now that TTF and OTF fonts are the "standard" font format. But, I will not remove them since they were installed for a reason. The only installed fonts the system installed are the ones that were designed for Asian, India, and Arabic type of language fonts.

As for the "closeness" between versions of Windows, or Linux, it all depends on the desktop environment and where/how they store the system "values". Windows tends to change the placement of program and user data with every new version. The only thing that seems to change between a Ubuntu or Debian based distro is the desktop environment. For our windows users, that is the way the display show all of the needed items to do the work. Think the visual differences between XP, Vista, Win7, and the pain of Win8. Think of how you use the "Start Button" or task bar items. Linux has many different "display" types. Ubuntu can have its display look many different ways. My Ubuntu 12.04 can use the "tile based" Unity, or other desktop environments like KDE, MATE, Cinnamon, or a variety of others to change the look and feel of the desktop, making it look like different OSs, even though it is the same OS but different ways of seeing and using things. I personally have Unity, KDE and MATE installed for my Ubuntu 12.04 system.

On 02/24/2013 03:22 AM, Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
I think Win7 and Xp are so different from each other that each would qualify as a separate distro.  
They are a bit like 2 distros from different families.  It's not even as close as Mint or Ubuntu to 

Errr, the answer was Win7 but i think that was given later in this thread.
Regards from
Tom :)

From: Dan Lewis <>
Sent: Sunday, 24 February 2013, 0:45
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Does Libre Office have its own distinct set of fonts?

       distro: the operating system on your computer (Windows, Linux, OS
X, etc.)
       AAMOF: as far as my other fonts
The latter is a "guess" but it seems logical. So, if you would tell us
one more time, what is your operating system. That will tell us the
location of your font folder or folders.


On 02/23/2013 07:40 PM, anne-ology wrote:
          Thank you for responding;
               but I haven't the foggiest idea what you've said.

          the font directory of the distro  ???   ...  AAMOF  ???

          I would really enjoy getting rid of all those 'junk' fonts ... and
finding then dropping in the good ones;
               but I haven't a clue as to how to so do.

          ok, it's probably some simple step to locate these then drop them
into whatever folder ...
               but 'the more I learn of these glorified typewriters, the
stupider I feel'  ;-)   ;-)   ;-)

On Sat, Feb 23, 2013 at 6:20 PM, Doug <> wrote:

On 02/23/2013 06:22 PM, anne-ology wrote:
           Then how does one get these new ones into the programs for use?

    As you quoted me before, you weren't reading what I said: put the
ffonts in the font directory of your distro.  they should then be
available for any program on the machine, including LO. That's
just what I did on the Mint installation.  AAMOF, I deleted all
the crap fonts that were on the machine--Liberation and a
whole batch of Asian fonts in languages I couldn't even recognize--
and just dumped in a whole directory of usable fonts--probably
True-Type, supplied on another distro that wasn't so damned PC.


On Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 2:35 PM, Doug <> wrote:

On 02/21/2013 12:30 PM, webmaster-Kracked_P_P wrote:

On 02/21/2013 12:01 PM, Paddy Landau wrote:
    I am wondering if Libre Office has a separate set of fonts from the
operating system, or at least some of the fonts.

I'll explain my problem.

If I have a look at Character Map to find a character that I want
it is an aeroplane), I can find it in the Webdings font (Unicode 00d2,
Ò). See screenshot 1:

But when I use that character in Libre Office and set the font to
it shows a different character, specifically an in-box. See screenshot


Note that not all characters do this. For example, the first 52
(A-Z and a-z) are correct.

I would like to know how to solve this discrepancy, so that I can
characters in Character Map (or an equivalent program) and then use
Libre Office. (I have tried an alternative program, Specimen Font
and it shows the same thing as Character Map.)

I am using Linux Ubuntu 12.04 (64-bit, fully updated) with Libre Office (installed directly from the Libre Office website).

Thank you.

    My 12.04 shows a list of fonts at

They are mostly "DejaVu" and "Liberation" fonts but there are others
listed as well.

I made sure the fonts listed there were also listed in the /.fonts/
hidden folder.  that way I had the same fonts for all my packages.

     I was recently looking at Mint, a derivative of Ubuntu, and I was

appalled at the paucity of fonts. "Liberation" is ugly! You need to find
set of True-Type fonts and install them.  Then you can have, for example,
Times-Roman.  And most of the odd-ball ones that you might use
once in your life-time. I copied the entire fonts directory from PCLOS
replaced the one in Mint. But I think you can get True-Type from
Microsoft, free. Not sure how you do that--Google's your friend.


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