Setting up Ubuntu to use inconsolata

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When I run Windows, consolas is my monospace font of choice. It is great for programming, and really helps to distinguish characters that look all too much alike.

On Ubuntu there is a similar font available for free called inconsolata. The differences are relatively minor (a side-by-side comparison can be found here)

Installation of inconsolata on Ubuntu 12.04

sudo apt-get install ttf-inconsolata

Regenerate the fonts cache by issuing the following command:

sudo fc-cache -fv

Setting up Ubuntu

In order to get Ubuntu to use this font, the easiest way is with MyUnity (for more information on MyUnity see the authors website On Ubuntu 12.04 installation is easy

sudo apt-get install myunity

Ubuntu 11.10 and below require a PPA though

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:myunity/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install myunity

Visit MyUnity through the icon on the settings application in Ubuntu, and visit the font tab.

Setting up Chrome

Visit chrome://settings/fonts and change the monospace font there

Setting up Firefox

Visit Edit -> Preferences -> Content -> Fonts & colors -> Advanced

Setting up Vim

" font settings
if has("gui_running")
  if has("gui_gtk2")
    set guifont=Inconsolata\ 12
  elseif has("gui_win32")
    set guifont=Consolas:h11:cANSI

If anyone has any other favourite fonts for programming on Ubuntu, let me know in the comments.