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Short URL: http://scripts.sil.org/Gentium_linux

Gentium — GNU/Linux

Victor Gaultney and Nicolas Spalinger, 2004-03-16

Note

The Gentium Plus, Gentium Basic and Gentium Book Basic fonts have been moved to a new web site. Please  click here for the new site.











Warning

The content below is old. Please  click here for latest fonts and FAQs on the new site.


‘I am not sure where in the world I will end up, so I need something all inclusive. Thanks so much!’

‘Thanks for such a beautiful and mind-bogglingly useful typeface!’




Gentium is now released under the SIL Open Font License, a free/libre and open source license designed to give freedom to end-users and to provide a platform for collaboration between font designers.

See the OFL FAQ for more details about the way you can use the freedoms granted by the license.


Please read the license carefully and do not download the fonts unless you agree to the terms of the license.

Gentium is available as a release or directly as a package: see below.

If you wish to be notified of updates or other news about Gentium, please fill out the form on the main download page.

Download

If you agree to the terms of use as indicated in the OFL, then download the fonts from the following links:

Gentium

Gentium 1.02 - tarball (GNU/Linux)
Victor Gaultney, 2005-11-28
Download "ttf-sil-gentium_1.0.2.tar.gz", gzipped tar archive, 2MB [23924 downloads]

This is the source tarball. Here is the sha1sum:

7d3d8bf2b8bd62629c027114f79406f7f4b57986 ttf-sil-gentium_1.02.tar.gz

Gentium Basic

Gentium Basic 1.1 (fonts & sources) - tarball (GNU/Linux)
Victor Gaultney, 2008-04-21
Download "ttf-sil-gentium-basic_1.1.orig.tar.gz", gzipped tar archive, 1MB [33908 downloads]

This is the source orig tarball for Debian. Here is the sha1sum:

062bb86e0e1a7aebe6b0d1c1c07b63059cc0e222 ttf-sil-gentium-basic_1.1.orig.tar.gz

Ubuntu repository

Ubuntu repository on packages.sil.org Installation Instructions
Ubuntu software repository

These fonts are available in the SIL software repository for Ubuntu on  http://packages.sil.org.

Ubuntu users can subscribe to this software repository and get current versions and updates automatically. See the  detailed instructions about adding the repository.

Installation and configuration

The package should have done its job and put everything in the right places
(normal and alternate versions of the fonts, documentation, license,
FONTLOG and FAQs) but, in case you want to install the font
from the tarball, here are some instructions:

Under GNOME

  • launch Nautilus from a menu or desktop shortcut
  • unzip the tarball or zip file you have downloaded
  • double-click on the desired ttf file
  • press Install in the bottom right-hand corner
  • This will copy the font file to your user font folder in ~/.fonts

A tool like  font-manager is quite useful as well.

You can do the same manually

  • copy the fonts in ~/.fonts. You will have to create the folder if it doesn't exist by typing mkdir ~/.fonts
  • And when you're in ~/.fonts, type fc-cache -f -v to update the fonts.cache-1 cache file

Type Specimens

You may also wish to download type specimens that show the full complement of glyphs in Gentium and include samples of the fonts in use. These documents do not, however, give any technical assistance.

Gentium Type Specimen (A5 format)
Victor Gaultney, 2003-09-11
Download "Gentium_RU_spec.pdf", Acrobat PDF document, 800KB [63635 downloads]
Gentium Proofs (A3 format)
Victor Gaultney, 2003-09-11
Download "Gentium_RU_proofs.pdf", Acrobat PDF document, 748KB [26481 downloads]
Gentium Greek Type Specimen (A4 format)
Victor Gaultney, 2003-09-11
Download "Gentium_spec_greek.pdf", Acrobat PDF document, 213KB [27084 downloads]

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