Sunday, January 09 2011 @ 11:51 PM EST Contributed by: sde
In the days when Linux was a fledgling operating system, font handling was often identified as a major weakness. Fortunately, the situation is considerably better these days, with a better quality of user interface typography.
With the continuing improving FreeType font engine producing high quality output, natively supporting scalable font formats like TrueType, Linux is making great strides. The recent expiry of the patent behind Apple's TrueType Bytecode Interpreter has meant that FreeType can now render beautiful fonts. Furthermore, the development of the Ubuntu font family, an open-type TrueType font, offers a further enhancement in screen readability.
To provide an insight into the software that is available, we have compiled a list of 5 of our favorite font software. Hopefully, there will be something of interest here for users who want to mange the fonts on their computer. We give our highest recommendation to Fontmatrix and FontForge.