AO uses some fonts which are Windows-specific - notably Verdana. These fonts are usually not available under a stock Linux install (Mandrake/ Redhat for instance)

AO uses some small font sizes which look really bad with the fonts that the Linux-based browsers typically substitute for the Windows fonts which they don't have.

Mandrake and Redhat are of course unable to include these fonts due to copyright issues, therefore they cannot add them. But if you have a valid licence for Windows it is probably legal to add them yourself (assuming that your machine either dual boots in Windows, or you have another machine with Windows)

This tutorial explains how to fix this - it really *DOES* improve AO's appearance in Linux browsers (Netscape, Mozilla, Galeon etc (haven't tried Konqueror but should work ok too)) (AO doesn't work too well in Opera)

1. Get your Windows fonts from your Windows box or partition and slap them somewhere in the Linux filesystem - I've chosen /usr/local/share/fonts (this assumes that your windows partition is in /mnt/windows and windows is installed in C:\windows)

mkdir -p /usr/local/share/fonts
cp /mnt/windows/windows/fonts/verd* /mnt/windows/windows/fonts/ari* /usr/local/share/fonts

2. Assuming you're using a distro which uses xfs (Mandrake and Redhat do I think)

Edit /etc/X11/fs/config, adding the path you've used to the "catalogue" section thus:

catalogue = /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/misc:unscaled,
(loads of other stuff chopped)
/usr/share/fonts/ttf/western, <-- Extra comma
/usr/local/share/fonts/ttf <-- This line added

3. Set up the fonts directory with an index (used by the font server to determine whcih font is which)

mkttfdir /usr/local/share/fonts/ttf

4. Restart xfs

/etc/init.d/xfs restart

5. Close and reopen your browser if necessary

6. Go to and see the difference