Came across a Coding Horror article about fonts and programming and that encouraged me to find a sexier font. I settled on Bitstream Vera Sans Mono font.
I found numerous sites giving instructions about installing fonts for Emacs, but none of those seemed to work straight away for me so I thought I'd document the steps I went though to get things going:
- sudo apt-get install ttf-bitstream-vera
- M-x customize-face (return)
- default (return)
- Enter bitstream-bistream vera sans mono as the font family
- Save all
Then use the excellent color-theme to select some nice colours (Arjen in my case) and Emacs starts to look nice!