Today’s Daily 5 offers up 5 alternative fonts for use in Ubuntu as the System font (the one that you seen on menu’s, buttons, etc). The default font in Ubuntu â€” â€˜Sans’ (actually DÃ©jÃ Vu Sans) â€” isn’t the greatest choice â€” it’s wide, defaulted at a rather large size &, above all else, not as good as the competition â€” Liberation Sans (created by Red Hat and largely based on Microsoft fonts) are an oft-mooted suggested replacement. But what else is there? Let’s take a peekâ€¦
System fonts can be easily configured and adjusted in the â€˜Fonts’ section of Appearance properties (System > Preferences > Appearance > Fonts)
A humanist sans serif font specifically designed for use with user interfaces. It’s extremely pleasant to look at with crisp readable lines â€” a great default system font.
A font commission by Google for their Android operating system, Droid is primarily designed for use with smaller screened and mobile devices. Nevertheless it looks beautiful used as a system font. The fonts are free to use and licensed under the Apache license.
UnDotum, derived from Korean LaTeX fonts, is packaged in pretty much every Linux distribution. I have always found it to be an incredibly readable and well proportioned font that works exceptionally well as a System font.
UnDotum is preinstalled in Ubuntu.
One of the most widely used and well known â€˜humanist’ Sans-Serif fonts, Verdana is preinstalled with Windows and is one of the standard â€˜web’ fonts. It’s popularity is based on solid reasons and, perhaps unsurprisingly, Verdana makes a great system font.
Part of the GNU Freefont package, FreeSans is a free and open-source â€˜Sans Serif’ font descended from Helvetica.
FreeSans is preinstalled in Ubuntu