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*** IMPORTANT ***

Recently, fontconfig changed to not include bitmapped fonts in the
default font set.  There is now a Debconf question about this.

If you wish to enable bitmapped fonts manually, either reconfigure
fontconfig-config (with dpkg-reconfigure fontconfig-config), or remove the
/etc/fonts/conf.d/70-no-bitmaps.conf symbolic link and add a symlink named
70-yes-bitmaps.conf pointing to ../conf.avail/70-yes-bitmaps.conf:

  cd /etc/fonts/conf.d && \
    rm -f 70-no-bitmaps.conf && \
    ln -s ../conf.avail/70-yes-bitmaps.conf

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How fonts are handled in Debian:
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Fontconfig is a library which handles font configuration and access at
the system level. It is the foundation for a new font handling in X
applications (but can also be useful without X).

Applications not using fontconfig are accessing their fonts through
the X server. Font packages for these applications are named xfonts-*.
You can also use TrueType fonts with these applications if you install
the x-ttcidfont-conf package, which connects the X server to defoma:
fonts included in ttf-* packages or added manually using dfontmgr can
then be used in these programs.
A few of these applications, using Xft1, can benefit of antialiasing 
with vector fonts, but it is deprecated.

The new font renderer in X is called freetype2, and applications
using it access fonts on the client side. Most of them (including all
GTK2/GNOME2 and KDE3 applications) do it using fontconfig, which
provides listing and matching facilities for all fonts installed on the
system. Any font installed in /usr/share/fonts or ~/.fonts will be 
accessible to these applications. This is now also true for fonts added
using defoma.

These programs can all benefit from antialiasing, autohinting and
sub-pixel rendering. You can configure it through fontconfig, using
debconf (dpkg-reconfigure fontconfig-config), or by changing
links in /etc/fonts/conf.d by hand.

Original text by:
 -- Josselin Mouette <joss@debian.org>  Wed,  8 Oct 2003 21:51:35 +0200

Changes for fontconfig 2.3 packages by:
 -- Keith Packard <keithp@debian.org>  Thu, 10 Mar 2005 13:29:11 -0800