Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Install urdu fonts in Linux (Ubuntu & openSUSE)

Ok, this was not that easy stuff if you don’t know how to do it and where to find it. I mean 1st fonts, then installation or copying to the right directory. Websites like bbcurdu.com and urdupoint.com are common Urdu news sites which i am sure most of the Urdu reading people will read for the latest news and articles. These two websites use different fonts for rendering for browsers like Firefox and Chrome. I am not using any Urdu keyboard here and not using translation for the whole system, its just how to read Urdu websites in Linux, so please this tutorial is just for installing fonts system wide for browsers in Linux not a language pack etc. I will focus on two distros at the moment, Ubuntu and openSUSE. Ubuntu 9.04 and openSUSE 11.2(KDE4.4.3) will be used for the installation with Firefox 3.6.3, Firefox 3.0.19, Chrome 6.0.400.0.