Linked by Robert C. Dowdy on Tue 8th Oct 2002 02:36 UTC
Red Hat I know what you're thinking, but don't worry. This article isn't 'Yet Another Red Hat 8.0 Review'. This article is primarily about using Red Hat 8.0 if you happen to be a newbie, but it's also about using Red Hat 8.0 if you happen to be a KDE user. Why? I happen to be a KDE user, so it makes sense I'd focus more on what I know the most about. Plus, I still remember the frustration of staring with something akin to terror at a blank command line with lots of ideas about what I'd like to do and very little knowledge of how to do it.
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by Rob on Wed 9th Oct 2002 14:49 UTC

The Mozilla that comes with Red Hat 8 isn't XFT-enabled, so even if you add good fonts the built-in Moz is going to display them poorly.

Forunately, getting an XFT-enabled Mozilla is very simple.

Go here:

and click on "Pre-built production versions". Grab the newest build and save it to your machine. What you're downloading is a "ready-to-surf" Mozilla. That is, wherever you extract it, it'll be self-contained and ready to go.

I put it in my home directory, since I'm the only user on my machine and root has full access to my home directory anyway, of course.

Extract the tarball (as regular user, not root) with:

tar xvzf mozilla-02-09-03.tar.gz (replace with whatever build you're using)

This will extract the files to a directory called "mozilla" in your home directory. To run it:


And off you go. Now, by default it will not pick up your built-in Mozilla's plugins, and all your menu/desktop/panel links will start the built-in Moz. Also, anything that starts Moz when you click an URL (such as Evolution) will start the old Mozilla. To fix this (after you make sure the new one is working right, of course):

cd ~/mozilla/plugins
ln -s /usr/lib/mozilla-1.0.1/plugins/* .

This will let the new Mozilla see the built-in version's plugins (this also assumes you have the plugins for the built-in version installed). The "ln" command will give you an error saying it can't overwrite the "null" plugin, which you can safely ignore.

Now, if you want all your menus and apps to start the new version instead of the old, just do (as root user this time):

mv /usr/bin/mozilla /usr/bin/mozilla-old
ln -s ~/mozilla/mozilla /usr/bin/

This moves the old link out of the way (you can start your built-in Moz with the command "mozilla-old" now) and replaces it with a link to your new XFT-enabled version, which will render fonts just as beautifully as Konqeror. In my case, the XFT-enabled version automatically picked up my fonts, too.