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Minor annoyances #364: UBUNTU DAWG? Y U NO LET ME INSTALL MANY FONTS QUICKLY?

Happy Easter* folks!

Having consumed my entire body weight in chocolate eggs it wasn’t long before the nauseous party-without-a-permit in my stomach affected my brain. Gripped by this cocoa-craziness I found myself asking what anyone feeling overly-sick on sugar-filled products would ask: –

Why can’t multiple fonts be installed easily in Ubuntu?

The answer? The punch line? There isn’t one.

To be serious for a second it’s a pet annoyance of mine. I install a lot of fonts regularly for use in the banners atop this site. My options are to manually install each of them, one by one, or hunt out the hidden ‘.fonts’ folder in my home folder and copy them into it.

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The latter is “easy”, but there should be a user-friendly method for doing it.

In Windows 7, for example, one can select 20, 30 – hell even 250 – fonts at the same time and install them all via right click > install fonts. Two clicks (one if a user has UAC disabled) and a massive amount of fonts are installed.

Font fail #2

A similarly related fail that will hopefully be addressed at some point is handling the attempted installation of fonts that are already installed.

The current method gives a user an “Install failed” receipt. That’s not helpful: I should be told why it failed.

Eurgh.

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