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    Noob Questions - Preferred Applications and Font Selection

    I've just switched over to Ubuntu yesterday. I'm loving the change, but there are a few things I'm having trouble with.

    When I go to System -> Preferences -> Preferred Applications -> System, it says GNOME Terminal.

    When I execute Accessories -> Terminal, it loads xterm.

    When I go to System -> Preferences -> Preferred Applications -> Internet -> Browser, it says Custom

    Whenever I click a link, it loads Firefox

    1. Should the GNOME Preferred Applications be affecting these?
    2. If so, is there something I need to do to make it take effect?
    3. If not, what do the Preferred Applications affect?


    My next question is regarding font selection.

    A fellow linux user told me to check out the "terminus" font. He had me do a bit of searching using xfontsel and I couldn't find it. I also looked through System -> Preferences -> Appearance -> Fonts. I couldn't find anything named "terminus." I did some searching on the internet, and was able to find the name of the package, so I try sudo apt-get install console-terminus. It says it's already installed. I'm not sure where to proceed from here.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Noob Questions - Preferred Applications and Font Selection

    Quote Originally Posted by mudzereli View Post
    I've just switched over to Ubuntu yesterday. I'm loving the change, but there are a few things I'm having trouble with.

    When I go to System -> Preferences -> Preferred Applications -> System, it says GNOME Terminal.

    When I execute Accessories -> Terminal, it loads xterm.

    When I go to System -> Preferences -> Preferred Applications -> Internet -> Browser, it says Custom

    Whenever I click a link, it loads Firefox

    1. Should the GNOME Preferred Applications be affecting these?
    2. If so, is there something I need to do to make it take effect?
    3. If not, what do the Preferred Applications affect?


    My next question is regarding font selection.

    A fellow linux user told me to check out the "terminus" font. He had me do a bit of searching using xfontsel and I couldn't find it. I also looked through System -> Preferences -> Appearance -> Fonts. I couldn't find anything named "terminus." I did some searching on the internet, and was able to find the name of the package, so I try sudo apt-get install console-terminus. It says it's already installed. I'm not sure where to proceed from here.

    Thanks in advance!
    what do want to achieve with your terminus font? after installing you you may want to refresh it with fc-cache -f -v
    Last edited by Script Warlock; March 21st, 2011 at 05:25 AM.

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    Re: Noob Questions - Preferred Applications and Font Selection

    Quote Originally Posted by Script Warlock View Post
    what do want to achieve with your terminus font? after installing you you may want to refresh it with fc-cache -f -v
    I'd like to use it for my terminal font.

    My main goal is this:

    1. Switch my default Terminal to rxvtu (I've got it installed, and I know I can create a launcher, but I want to know why the heck the preferred application settings don't seem to be doing anything)

    2. Switch my Terminal font to terminus.

    I've tried what you've suggested, but I am still unable to find the terminus font.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Noob Questions - Preferred Applications and Font Selection

    open terminal go to edit>profile preference>general> untick the "use system fixed width font" and select the terminus font you installed.

    manual setting
    terminal
    sudo update-alternatives --config x-terminal-emulator

    browser
    sudo update-alternatives --config x-www-browser
    Last edited by Script Warlock; March 21st, 2011 at 07:29 AM.

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    Re: Noob Questions - Preferred Applications and Font Selection

    Quote Originally Posted by Script Warlock View Post
    open terminal go to edit>profile preference>general> untick the "use system fixed width font" and select the terminus font you installed.

    manual setting
    terminal
    sudo update-alternatives --config x-terminal-emulator

    browser
    sudo update-alternatives --config x-www-browser
    Terminus isn't listed under my system fixed width fonts. Although when I type sudo apt-get install console-terminus, it says I already have it.

    I've also tried this: sudo update-alternatives --config x-terminal-emulator

    Code:
    mudzereli@mudzereli-P35-DS3L:~$ sudo update-alternatives --config x-terminal-emulator
    [sudo] password for mudzereli: 
    There are 6 choices for the alternative x-terminal-emulator (providing /usr/bin/x-terminal-emulator).
    
      Selection    Path                             Priority   Status
    ------------------------------------------------------------
      0            /usr/bin/gnome-terminal.wrapper   40        auto mode
      1            /usr/bin/gnome-terminal.wrapper   40        manual mode
      2            /usr/bin/koi8rxterm               20        manual mode
      3            /usr/bin/lxterm                   30        manual mode
    * 4            /usr/bin/urxvt                    20        manual mode
      5            /usr/bin/uxterm                   20        manual mode
      6            /usr/bin/xterm                    20        manual mode
    
    Press enter to keep the current choice[*], or type selection number:
    It seems to have selected it, but doesn't have any effect on which one is the default one.

    Thanks again for all of the help!

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    Re: Noob Questions - Preferred Applications and Font Selection

    choose "zero" as default terminal emulator

    install xfonts-terminus

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