Linux, Firefox and MathML fonts

After Angelos decided to install MathML in his blog, I decided to install the proper fonts in my Gentoo linux in order to read it.

After some googling I came up with this article from bugzilla:

I was able to follow it and install all necessary fonts apart from the Symbol font. I don’t know what this guy means…and yes, I’ve read previous posts before this and still can’t get it. The thing he says about the .font.conf here ( doesn’t seem to work for me.
Anyway…my solution was to ask Angelos to give me his symbol.ttf font from his windows pc and install it where all my truetype fonts are. Then I simply followed this:

[1] ‘Symbol’ truetype font also works if you remove the comment for the
following lines in file (in $MOZILLA_HOME/res/fonts)
#encoding.symbol.ttf = Adobe-Symbol-Encoding
#encoding.symbol.ftcmap = mac_roman

Now my Firefox is ready for MathML.

Some more upgrades

I decided to go for kernel 2.6.11. It works just fine and I think there’s a slight improvement in memory usage and application response time (something regarding threading maybe ?). At least that’s what I have noticed so far.

If you have not used mouse cursors for X so far I recommend that you emerge x11-themes/silver-xcursors. They look just great. I especially like the shadows.

I’ve also emerged the Gaim AutoProfile plugin which has a powerfull away management system plus various funny stuff to add to your away messages such as fortune cookies and quote from text files or from http…Take a look at it if you like gaim and want something different.