ack! needed to do some updates on some graphics for a website.
fired up gIMP and I was like wtf? “where is Arial, where is Verdana?!?!”
Turns out these are not installed by default. Fire up Synaptic (system, administration, synaptic package manager … or from a term window : sudo synaptic& )
search for msttcorefonts, right click, install, apply
or all CLI: sudo apt-get install msttcorefonts
This will prompt you about needing to configure X properly, but you can just lick OK or whatever and let it install.