One of the visible changes in Ubuntu 23.04 Lunar Lobster is the new font for the texts in system menus, documents, and app windows.
The new font is slim. And, I’ve written a tutorial about how to try it out in Ubuntu 22.04 and 20.04. If you prefer the old fonts, it’s also easy to get it in Ubuntu 23.04 (also tested and works in Ubuntu 23.10)!
And, here’s a GIF image shows the changes between the old and new Ubuntu fonts. NOTE: In the GIF image below, “After” is the new fonts, while “Before” is the old one.
Install old Ubuntu Fonts in Ubuntu 23.04/23.10
To install the old fonts, just download the packages from Ubuntu 22.04 repository and install them.
UPDATE: Ubuntu 23.10 includes a
fonts-ubuntu-classic package for old fonts. Just install it by
sudo apt install fonts-ubuntu-classic will restore system fonts without restart!
1. To do so, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal and run command to download the 2 packages:
wget https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+archive/primary/+files/fonts-ubuntu_0.83-6ubuntu1_all.deb https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+archive/primary/+files/fonts-ubuntu-console_0.83-6ubuntu1_all.deb
2. After downloading the packages, install them by running command:
sudo apt install ./fonts-ubuntu*.deb
If you saved the packages in Downloads folder, run
sudo apt install ~/Downloads/fonts-ubuntu*.deb instead.
Once installed, restart your computer to apply changes.
For those hate Linux commands, go to this page in your browser, then select download the 2 .deb packages for Ubuntu 22.04 (Jammy Jellyfish) and then click install them one by one.
Lock & Prevent updating to new fonts
To prevent your system from automatically updating to the new fonts, you have to lock the old fonts packages that were just installed via the previous step.
Thanks to @Alex Farran, lock package version via Synaptic package manager only prevents itself and ‘Software Updater’ from upgrading the package. However,
apt command and may be other tools can still upgrade the fonts. So, the best choice can be running the command below in terminal:
sudo apt-mark hold fonts-ubuntu fonts-ubuntu-console
For the graphical way (NOT work for apt), first open Ubuntu Software, search for and install Synatic Package Manager.
Then launch “Synaptic”, click “Search” and search “fonts-ubuntu“. Finally, do:
- Press and hold Ctrl then highlight both “fonts-ubuntu” and “fonts-ubuntu-console” packages.
- Go to menu “Package -> Lock Version”.
How to go back the new Ubuntu Fonts
First, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to unlock the font packages:
sudo apt-mark unhold fonts-ubuntu fonts-ubuntu-console
Then, also search for and launch Synaptic package manager.
When it opens, search “fonts-ubuntu“. Then do:
- highlight both “fonts-ubuntu” and “fonts-ubuntu-console” packages via Ctrl + mouse click.
- Go to menu “Package” and un-check “Lock Version” (skip if NOT enabled).
- Next, right-click on both packages and select “Mark for Upgrade“.
- Finally, click on “Apply” button.
When process done, restart your computer and enjoy!