a2ps converts files or the standard input
into PostScript. a2ps provides many advantages over “lp” alone, such as the
possibility to add borders to the printout, pretty printing (source files
are printed with syntax highlights), full control of the paper orientation,
multiple pages per sheet, duplex and booklet printing, etc…
Many other features are available. Check the manpage of a2ps for a short
description or the “texinfo” documentation for the complete story.
Keywords: Daily Debian, a2ps, printing, cups, lpr, lp, duplex, booklet
Microsoft may still be struggling to produce a stable and secure operating
system, but the sheer amount of money they invested in typesetting produced
some very high quality fonts. Since many of these fonts are in the TrueType
format, they can be readily used by X and Gnome/KDE applications.
The msttcorefonts package
provides an easy method to install the Microsoft “Core” fonts in your Debian
system. The package installation script can download the fonts from the
Microsoft web site or from a mounted Windows partition. Once the fonts have
been downloaded, the font manager is called to finish the installation and
make the fonts available to your applications.
Note: I could not find this package in the Ubuntu repository.
Keywords: Daily Debian, fonts, truetype, linux, arial, verdana, times new roman
There are thousands of sites on the Internet offering free scalable fonts,
from the most basic to the completely exotic. Scalable fonts, however,
are not suitable for applications that deal with pure ASCII text, such as
terminal emulators and program editors. These applications typically require
fixed-width fonts, which are much harder to find than scalable fonts.
package provides the “terminus” font, a well designed fixed-width font
that is easy on the eyes. Terminus comes in a variety of sizes (6x12,
8x14, 8x16, 10x20, 12x24, 14x28 and 16x32) and encodings (ISO10646-1,
ISO8859-1, ISO8859-2, ISO8859-5, ISO8859-9, ISO8859-13, ISO8859-15,
ISO8859-16, KOI8-R, KOI8-U, CP1251, and PT154). A similar package,
console-terminus offers the
terminus font for the console.
Keywords: Daily Debian, xfonts-terminus, terminal, fixed-width fonts
In many situations, it’s necessary to know how fast a given amount of data
can be transmitted between two endpoints. The answer to this question
typically involves transmitting a large file with a protocol that requires
little CPU utilization (like FTP) and timing the results to measure the
Iperf automates these tasks by working
as a client/server pair. The client node sends a specified amount of data to
the server node, and then calculates the resulting bandwidth. Results are
displayed in in Kbps, KBps, Mbps or MBps. Iperf can use TCP or UDP, and it is
also possible to change the TCP window and buffer sizes, and enable the Nagle
Algorithm for the duration of the test.
Keywords: Daily Debian, iperf, TCP, UDP, network-analysis, network-performance, ethernet