wine font changes system look and feel

Andreas Bierfert andreas.bierfert at
Mon Jun 4 20:35:31 UTC 2012

On Mon, 2012-06-04 at 16:21 -0400, Felix Miata wrote:

> On 2012/06/04 20:06 (GMT+0200) Nicolas Mailhot composed:
> > 1. why is wine making them mandatory?
> Probably related to Tahoma being the Windows System (aka Menu) font in
> W2K 
> and/or WXP (IIRC, in both). 

It is quite nicely described on wikipedia [1]:
The Wine project includes a free font (Wine Tahoma Regular and Wine
Tahoma Bold) designed to have identical metrics to the Tahoma font.[6]
This was done because Tahoma is available by default on Windows, and
many applications expect the font to be available. Before Wine included
a Tahoma replacement font, some applications, such as Steam, would not
display any text at all, rendering them nearly unusable.

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Andreas Bierfert <andreas.bierfert at>
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