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The first thing you need to do before installing fonts in Linux is open the fonts.conf file to find out your fonts location. To do this, open /etc/fonts/fonts.conf with a text editor. Inside this file you will see the locations of your fonts. Now you can copy fonts to any location mentioned in this file. Common font locations in Linux include:
(where <username> = your username)

To install fonts, run the following command in a terminal (you can replace the fonts location with any location from the fonts.conf file):
gksu nautilus /usr/share/fonts/truetype
and create a new directory. Put the fonts you want to install into this new directory.

Finally, update the font cache with the command:
sudo fc-cache -f -v
Log out and login back to see changes.

[via techie-buzz]