Of all the things we get asked about by users transitioning from Windows to Linux, fonts come up as among the most frequently confusing aspects. While installing fonts in Ubuntu (or any Linux) is not difficult, it is quite different from Windows. For those who just want to get it over with once and for all – to just load up hundreds of fonts at once and be done with it – this post is for you.
A Few Hundred
You could accomplish the following by using a graphical package installer like Synaptic or the Ubuntu Software Center, but in the spirit of do-it-once-and-forget-it-forever, try the following command which can be pasted into your command prompt (Terminal).
sudo apt-get install fonts-cantarell lmodern ttf-aenigma ttf-georgewilliams ttf-bitstream-vera ttf-sjfonts ttf-tuffy tv-fonts
If, somehow, the fonts installed by all of the above packages are not enough for you, try one more.
sudo apt-get install ubuntustudio-font-meta
This is a meta package linking together many other packages. It will install quite a bit to your system, including some bit for programs and languages you might not need.
One way or another, between all these, you’re not likely to run out of new fonts any time soon.