TrueType fonts are the type (so to speak) most common on Windows systems. You can often buy CDs containing hundreds of TrueType fonts for mere dollars. Once you have a TrueType server running, you can copy fonts from a Windows machine or CD into your TrueType font directory and they will be available to all your Linux applications.
The method will vary according to your distribution. If you install Red Hat 6.0 from scratch, you will automatically get a version of xfs (X font server) that serves TrueType fonts. In fact, this was one of the big new features of the 6.0 upgrade.
If you upgrade to Red Hat 6.0 from an older version such as Red Hat 5.2, though, you will not automatically get a working TrueType font server. You will first have to do a bit of configuration.
I looked around the support area of Red Hat's site and found what seem to be two different methods of setting up a TrueType font server on a system upgraded to 6.0. The first method, which I did not get to work correctly, is mentioned very briefly in the Red Hat 6.0 Upgrade Guide. The second method, which did work for me, comes from the Red Hat Knowledge Base article Using TrueType fonts. IMPORTANT NOTE: if you follow the method described in this article, note that the command
ttmkfontdir does not exist and should have been written as
Good luck! Let us know how it goes. If you have advice on upgrading another distribution to a TrueType font server, share your expertise in the Talkback below.