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Summary help replacing me
Installing TrueType web-core (Microsoft) fonts and emulating Windows' font rendering
Legal
According to original Microsoft's End User License Agreement, there are some legal limitations when using the fonts.
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Included fonts

Fonts included are: Andale Mono, Arial, Arial Black, Comic, Courier New, Georgia, Impact, Lucida Sans, Lucida Console, Microsoft Sans Serif, Symbol, Tahoma, Times New Roman, Trebuchet, Verdana, Webdings and Wingdings.

Instructions

Currently, the preferred way of installing these fonts is through the [extra] repository. The manual method is still described below for those interested.

Install from extra repository

Run the following command to install the package:

# pacman -S ttf-ms-fonts

Manual install

Download the fonts from freshmeat.net.

To install:

$ tar xvf webcore-fonts-3.0.tar.gz
$ mkdir -p ~/.fonts/ms
$ cp webcore-fonts/fonts/* ~/.fonts/ms
$ cd ~/.fonts/ms
$ ttmkfdir >fonts.scale
$ mkfontdir
$ fc-cache -v

Additional microsoft fonts

There is also a package in the AUR called ttf-ms-extrafonts providing extra fonts such as Calibri or Cambria. To install this download the package manually and build it or use an AUR helper.

Sharp fonts resembling Windows XP

A complete guide on how to make the MS Fonts look as in Windows XP is found at http://www.sharpfonts.co.cc/. In short, install the fonts as described above and use the author's modified xml files.

Smooth fonts resembling Windows 7

Use Infinality's patched freetype2 package, and use the Windows 7 profile in the provided local.conf.