Linux, Unicode, and Armenian Language support

Have you installed Linux and not sure how to type in Armenian? Are you not happy with the available Unicode fonts or keyboard layouts for the Armenian language? Then read on...

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Installing Unicode fonts into GNU/Linux

I wasn't satisfied with the default fonts that came with my SUSE Linux 10.1 distribution. In particular, I wanted the Sylfaen font which is my preferred font for the Armenian language.

This article will explain how to install fonts from your Windows XP system (assuming you have a purchased copy) into your X Window system under SUSE Linux 10.1 (I am running X.org version 6.9). You may have to switch to the root user, by doing a "su root" or running commands via "sudo".
  1. If you have mounted your hard disk partition containing Windows XP, you can skip this step (see this post if you'd like to learn how). Otherwise, proceed to save the following fonts from your C:\WINDOWS\Fonts directory to CD, floppy disk, or USB (you can choose more or less):

      arial.ttf, sylfaen.ttf, tahoma.ttf, tahomabd.ttf, times.ttf, verdana.ttf

  2. Copy the fonts to the /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/local directory.
  3. Run SuSEConfig from a terminal.

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