I've recently switched to XeTeX. In my document I use this code to set the fonts:

\setmainfont{Linux Libertine O}
\setsansfont{Linux Biolinum O}
\setmathfont{XITS Math}

I installed Libertine and biolinium from the ubuntu repositories and I downloaded XITS and installed in my .fonts directory... Now I'd like to know what are the main differences between my approach and using the real latex packages (like libertineotf.)

  • 1
    Why don't you use the mono font from Libertine?
    – user2478
    Aug 30, 2012 at 16:12
  • The idea came from here, but actually I don't use mono fonts that much Aug 31, 2012 at 19:58
  • I guess using the package is seen as a simpler straightforward solution for some users, but, de facto, using one or the other of these won't change the final result.
    – user18489
    Sep 8, 2012 at 3:05

1 Answer 1


Local fonts reduce the portability of the source code

compiling on computers without access to those fonts.

This should not effect any output files, to the final viewing.

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