On Ubuntu, you have a limited set of fonts and most Microsoft True type fonts (TTF) are not included. That’s why OpenOffice cant render MS-Office created documents properly. Also, most websites are using Microsoft Truetype fonts, and on Ubuntu these fonts will be rendered with the equivalent fonts. But with msttcorefonts package you can now have true type fonts just the same as if you’re using Microsoft Windows operating system.
How to install the true type fonts?
1. Enable the “Universe” component of the repositories. Instructions are posted here.
2. Download and install the package:
sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts
3. This will give you the core fonts, but if there are other True type fonts that you want installed, it is as easy as copying the font files to the ~/.fonts/ directory.
4. You have to restart the computer for changes to take effect.
Installing Additional non-Microsoft truetype fonts
1. These fonts are freely available and also recommended for Ubuntu Linux systems: ttf-georgewilliams, ttf-dustin, ttf-sil-gentium, ttf-sjfonts, ttf-larabie-straight, and ttf-larabie-uncommon
sudo apt-get install ttf-sil-gentium ttf-dustin ttf-georgewilliams ttf-sjfonts ttf-larabie-deco ttf-larabie-straight ttf-larabie-uncommon