extraf: Not a network monitor

Not a network monitor indeed. I don’t get to talk about fonts much (I think fonter was the last one), in spite of making a conscious effort to use text-based software whenever possible.

So I’m going to savor extraf as a suite of extra fonts from the Slackware project, and call it The Post for Today.

Outside of Arch, I don’t have advice on how to install this system-wide in your distro. It might take you a little research to find out how to do it properly. But I would never suggest it couldn’t be done. If any of these look attractive, do the legwork and get them into your system.

Before we get to what you’re really after (screenshots!), I should mention that, judging by the Slackware package search tool, most of these date back to 2001, if not earlier.

Point being, they might be in your distro as something else … under a different name or sliced-and-diced to appear in some other arrangement.

Be that as it may … there are about 16 fonts in four or five discrete groups; let’s take a look.

First up, s and its apparent deviations, b and sd. Great names, huh? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Straight-line sets mostly, with some variations in the line-drawing characters. It seems s is the solid font, sd is a double line drawing pipe, and b follows a thick line throughout the character for a very strong effect.

Similarly, here’s mod_d and mod_s, which I’m fairly sure are variations on s.

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Unless I’m mistaken, these too are slight variations on s-b-sd, with the differences being in the line drawing characters. It’s hard for me to tell but I’m fairly sure the strongest changes are corners and horizontal connectors.

So far, the base character shape hasn’t changed much — mostly just the pipes and bars. So here’s c …


which is a serifed font, thin spacing with plenty of room between letters. It “carries a dignified air,” as we would say in the print industry. ๐Ÿ™„

Similarly, here’s r, rl and ro. (I love these names. :mrgreen:)

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Logic tells me r stands for roman, rl for roman long and ro for roman obtuse. ๐Ÿ˜• But I could always be wrong. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The big differences between ro and r seem to be in the sweep of the capital J or the angle of the serif on the z characters, and other places. You’ll have to look closely.

In any case, this is another serif set with variations on width and height. Useful to remember if you need large passages text, where vertical space would affect readability.

Next up: m, ml, mr and mu. Assuming m is the base font, this has a more relaxed sweep, with accenting curves on some letters, particularly capitals.

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Here I’m going to guess r is rounded, l is long and u is uniform … the last meaning the standard m set uses left-side angles to give it a leaning effect.

mu appears to bring vertexes to the center, giving them balance — look at the capital V and Y, for example. mu also sharpens corners and leaves off trailing bars here and there, like in the uppercase E character.

The last set I’m going to call “scrawl,” and has sc, scrawl_s and scrawl_w.

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Much more casual, handwritten effect. ๐Ÿ˜

I’m guessing _s and _w are solid and wiggly, respectively. Here again the main differences appear to be between pipe symbols, either following the wiggly appearance of sc’s base set, or straightening them out for readability.

As far as I have been able to check, these only come in one size, but I didn’t run through every variation of every font to be sure. That’s your job.

And how does one look in action?


Ready for the great Linux novel. ๐Ÿ˜‰