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Ubuntu Font Family Now Available for Download

Are you wanting access to the new official Ubuntu fonts for use on your own computer? Now you can download the whole font family and start enjoying all of that Ubuntu font goodness.

You will find two sets of four fonts each in two different parts of the unzipped files (the second set is located in the source files). To install the fonts all that you need to do is use the four located in the main “ubuntu-font-family-sources-0.70.1” folder.

Need help setting up the new Ubuntu fonts on your system? Then be sure to visit our article on managing the fonts on your Windows 7, Vista, & XP systems.

Note: The download file is available in the .tar.gz format.

Ubuntu Font Family 0.70.1 (Softpedia) [via Marius Nestor]

Read more about the release of the Ubuntu Font Family for general download and its’ addition to the Google Font Directory here:

Ubuntu Font Family Is Now Available Worldwide [Softpedia]

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  • Published 12/21/10

Comments (10)

  1. Paul Sladen

    If you are just wanting to use/install the fonts on an MS Windows, or Mac OS X machine then you probably just want the final .ttf font files themselves (Regular, Italic, Bold and BoldItalic):*.zip

    The various other “sets” of .ttf, fontlab files and the like in the “sources” directory inside the .tar.gz are unlikely to work usefully as day-to-day fonts; these are the font “source code” and contain, for example, hinting program source code stored as extra tables (but not the compiled versions of that required for on-screen use) The act of compiling the font compiles this source code and replaces it with binary hinting material in the final .ttf files, which are the .ttf files saved at the top-level.

    This is a typeface that comes with full source-code, something that is very rare in the world of digital fonts… but that source code is still only likely to be useful to those with the skills and applications to work with those files, and day-to-day users or designers are likely to be confused by the suggestion to install them. Perhaps we should rename those files in future versions to make this clear.

    As the typeface is continuing to be developed with expansion of coverage, fix bugs and increase the number of component fonts (the current version is only 0.70!). By using the Google Font API code, the latest available version of the font will always be used without having to worry about having stale versions installed.

  2. Kevin

    I’ve had these for awhile now. I just took them from the fonts folder on my Ubuntu installation.

  3. nt0xik8ed

    is it me or do they look better on windows than they do on ubuntu?

  4. AsianAngel

    @nt0xik8ed – So far they have looked equally nice on both my Ubuntu and Windows systems. ^_^

  5. Camilo Martin

    I have them since they were initially released, have they been better hinted or anything? (Otherwise I would just keep the versions I have)

  6. pitman

    I finally figured out why firefox wasn’t displaying the fonts, looks great on Windows.

  7. trash

    Anyone else think that this font is one of the ugliest they have ever seen?

    ..its almost as bad as comic sans

  8. Harry

    As a person that would like to do some thing different in the way text looks, but not want to discourage
    viewers from reading my text, nor do I want to overload the pc with seldom used programs, please tell me how to set up your program that would givem and my viewers a new prespective on the written word.

    I’m not much of a computer genius so any help is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks for listening and being there for us that need someone to look over our shoulder.

    Happy and prosperous NEW YEAR, if I knew how to use your program, I would of done so right here?!

  9. AsianAngel

    @Harry – Once installed the font will only affect how the text looks to you on your computer. To make a website appear with a chosen font/text you would need to be the one in control of it. ^_^

  10. Omar Hafiz

    Actually you can change how text appears on websites. You can change the font, size, and color of text in FireFox and Chrome.

    In FireFox, go to tools menu > options then Content. In the Font & Color section click Advanced. Now change the fonts as you prefer and don’t forget to un-tick the Allow pages to use their own fonts, instead of my selection above. You can do the same for colors.

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