This was originally posted on my family blog on 12/18/06. I will be slowly moving the geeky stuff from there to this blog.
If you use emacs on windows you have seen how nice it can look, especially if you used the cool windows emacs installer (go with the patched version). Today the emacs wiki lead me down the path of nice looking fonts on Linux. I added these lines to my /etc/apt/sources.list:
deb http://debs.peadrop.com edgy backports deb-src http://debs.peadrop.com edgy backports
Then I imported the gpg key:
wget http://debs.peadrop.com/DD385D79.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add -
And then installed emacs-snapshot-gtk1:
sudo aptitude update sudo aptitude install emacs-snapshot-gtk
Then I changed my default-font, like so:
(set-default-font "Bitstream Vera Sans Mono-12")
And now I start emacs like so:
Wow, it looks really good. This gets you a pretty recent build from the emacs cvs repository, so there are some bugs. I’ve seen ediff really wig out, but overall it hasn’t been bad at all.
1 I was already running emacs-snapshot-gtk actually, so I only had to do an aptitude upgrade after the update.