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.
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 http://www.uielinux.org/myunity/). 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 endif endif
If anyone has any other favourite fonts for programming on Ubuntu, let me know in the comments.