Monthly Archives: January 2009

Nice(r) console fonts

Ever wanted to get a nicer console font than the default one delivered with Debian?

First you need to get a nice font. I chose console-terminus:

$ sudo aptitude install console-terminus

that alone won’t change anything but install a whole bunch of new fonts into /usr/share/consolefonts/. To enable one of them, you have to edit /etc/console-tools/config:

set SCREEN_FONT=Uni3-Terminus16

Optional: comment out the following lines with SCREEN_FONT_vc*, so every terminal will have the same settings.

To test the new font:

$ sudo /etc/init.d/console-screen.sh start

The new font kicks in at the second half of the boot process, which is fixable but sufficient for me. I think the new font is much easier to the eyes than the default one, especially on big monitors with high resolutions.