Time for New Roman

I really like LibreOffice as an alternative to Microsoft’s product; however, I also really like the Times New Roman font, and make frequent use of it in my documents. Fortunately, msttcorefonts, a TrueType font package that includes Times New Roman, Comic Sans MS and a number of other fonts, is freely available for use with Linux systems.

This software was developed by Microsoft as the project: TrueType core fonts for the Web. When this package was released the license terms included a provision that “You may install and use an unlimited number of copies of the SOFTWARE PRODUCT.” In consequence, msttcorefonts is freely available to end users.

Linux Mint provides this software as the package ttf-mscorefonts-installer. I installed this package through the Software Center; however, the fonts didn’t show up in LibreOffice Writer. One problem with this process was that the installer never displayed the End User License Agreement (EULA) for acceptance. Many web postings offered solutions using dpkg (Debian’s package manager) with various switches, but none of these seemed to work.

Finally, I came across a posting by allanh on the linuxMint forum where he suggested “Try installing mscorefonts from the Synaptic Package Manager or Software Center.” Since the latter path hadn’t worked for me, I tried using the Synaptic Package Manager to first completely remove ttf-mscorefonts-installer, and then re-install the software. Success! LibreOffice Writer can now format text in Times New Roman – just as the word-processing gods intended.

References:

TrueType core fonts for the Web
http://www.microsoft.com/typography/fontpack/eula.htm

Core fonts for the Web
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Core_fonts_for_the_Web

ttf-mscorefonts-installer un-acceptable EULA
http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=90&t=111813

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