Modifying Console Fonts

Most IA-32 computers boot up in a basic video mode that displays 80 columns and 25 rows of text. By default, Linux works in this mode, but it's possible to change it in two ways. First, you can load a new font. You might do this in order to support language-specific characters or simply because you don't like the default font. Second, you can alter the screen resolution, yielding more or fewer columns or rows of text. You could do this to take better advantage of a large screen by displaying smaller text—or to help you see the text on a small screen or to enlarge the fonts if you're visually impaired.

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