Installing Tamil Fonts in Linux
Many of my friends who use linux have constantly kept asking me how to read their favourite tamil sites in linux. Now, a few years ago installing tamil fonts in linux was a slight pain in the *** process. Now, it is a rather quick and dirty three step process (in case you use KDE) and a simple drag and drop in case you use GNOME.
So, off we go
1. Click on the links to download and save tamil fonts. This or This.
2. If you use GNOME, just drag and drop those files into nautilus file manager and voila it installs the fonts !
3. If you use KDE, fire up the KDE control interface by typing kcontrol in any xterm or konsole.
4. Click on System Administration -> Font Installer -> Add fonts. Just provide the fonts you downloaded and voila ;-)
Now all your favourite tamil websites can be read easily. Note that this applies to any fonts not just tamil ones ! Note that you need not even be a root user to install these fonts. After installing the fonts, set unicode as the character encoding in your browser. If you use firefox, View -> Character Encoding will get you there !
Tags: Linux Fonts, Tamil
Posted by Shyam Krishnaswamy at 11:26 AM