Make it look nice, aka fonts in Linux

Now that I have the Toshiba setup with SliTaz it’s time for tweaks.  Since this machine is mainly for surfing the web I want web pages to render nicely.  A lot of Linux distributions don’t tend to address this well and it can make a big difference without much effort.

Installing the Microsoft core web fonts (Verdana, Tahoma, Times New Roman, Arial, Trebuchet, Comic Sans, Impact etc.). See if you can track down a .tar.gz of all the Web Core fonts.  Google to the rescue also while you are there grab the Droid font from Google’s Android SDK.

Now unzip the fonts into /usr/share/fonts/truetype
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SliTaz Desktop, 33Mb at idle, nice

SliTaz at idle

SliTaz at idle

Keep in mind this is on a Intel Pentium III 500MHz / 192Mb RAM.

  • Boots from BIOS to login in 20 seconds
  • The system consumes about 30Mb of RAM at idle
  • Running Google Chrome browser and we’re still under 100Mb
  • It runs fast and responsive.

Very happy 😀

Fix locale complaints in SliTaz

seems the locale is not defined correctly in SliTaz 3.0

As root
First we check
root@toshiba:/home/ross# locale -a
If things are undefined we can do this
root@toshiba:/home/ross# localedef -i en_US -f UTF-8 en_US

Fix users that don’t login in SliTaz

I run a separate /home partition on the Toshiba (on all my installs) so I retain my data if/when I blow away the root / partitions. So in this case I installed SliTaz and added back my users with adduser but they couldn’t login with Slim with Slim reporting various errors in /var/log/slim.log

Fix as follows:-

You’ll need bash for this to handle the .config files etc.


$ su -
# cp /root/.xinitrc /home/<user>
# shopt -s dotglob
# cp -r /etc/skel/* /home/<user>
# chown -R <user>:<user> /home/<user>

That should allow the login to work. If not then check back with the log file in /var/log/slim.log looking for stuff around .xinitrc not working etc. (ie you can probably ignore the EE errors of X)