Arabic Ubuntu FontThe First Impression
Finally, Arabic Ubuntu Font is out!
It’s beta now. I think the final version of this package is supposed to be a published as a part of the original Ubuntu font; the package called
fonts-ubuntu-font-family, which is —in my opinion— the most ever valuable gift have been produced by Canonical —the producer company of Ubuntu Linux distribution— presented to Linux user.
Ubuntu font is a unique font in Linux environment, since it’s meant to be the typical sans-serif font for screens.
Ubuntu Font Family, sans-serif typeface hinted for clarity.
This means It’s not supposed to be used for printing purposes, although it’s not bad for printing too.
The most important factor determines whether a font is designed for screens or not, is how it looks when disabling font-smoothing feature.
The following screenshot shows how Ubuntu font looks like before and after disabling font-smoothing feature, and thus proves why it’s perfect for screen.
I usually use
libfine-typography package for this purpose. You can download and install it directly from RichStyle Download page, but it’s recommended to install it as a part of the whole RichStyle project. Here’s how to install RichStyle repository.
But since the current beta version of the Arabic Ubuntu font is published under a different font name: «Ubuntu Arab 0.81 met»;
libfine-typography package will not affect this font.
So, the first thing I decided to do after installing this font is disabling that feature manually, and see how it will look like.
Here’s the result:
It’s sharp! but is it clear?
Let’s take a closer look to this demo Arabic and English texts displayed using «Ubuntu Arab 0.81 met» font.
As you can see, Arabic characters look sharp like the Latin ones, but not clear and readable like them. Arabic characters look condensed comparing to the Latin ones. Things get worse when you start using Arabic diacritics (التشكيل).
Thanks to Professor Rayan Abdullah, the designer of the Arabic character set of Ubuntu font, publishing this font is definitely a quantum leap for Arabic Linux users, toward a typical Arabic screen font under Linux.