Yep, netscape fonts are pretty bad. For netscape font setting I use:
variable width font: Helvetica (Adobe) size 12
fixed width font: Courier (Adobe) size 12
Doing the following will help some:
Create a text file in your home directory called .Xresources
Note the period ----------------------^
open the filemanager, right click, create new, text file
name is .Xresources
open the .Xresources file and add these three lines, save the changes
You will have to logout/login for these changes to take effect.
If you want even larger fonts you can change the 100.
Like you said alot of the documentation out there is outdated and not RedHat specific. It's possible some of the changes you made won't work on a RedHat system. I would have to know more about exactly what you tried. You might consider upgrading the version of Mozilla that came with RH 7.1 and use it instead of netscape. The Mozilla >=0.9.0 have been working great. You can download the latest version at:
You don't have to download all the rpms, just the ones to upgrade what you have now. Too see what Mozilla rpms are on your system now, type this at any console prompt:
$rpm -qa | grep mozilla
After you download the new rpms, to install them change to the directory where the new rpms are then as the root user:
$rpm -Fvh mozilla*.rpm
If you haven't already you might look at this article on using RPM
KDE 2.1.1 apps doesn't display some fonts correctly kmail and knode and good for this. In kmail, from the menu, Message/Set encoding, changing it from auto to the font setting you use helps alot. Your probably using ISO 8859-1. You can do the same thing with knode.
The upcoming RedHat 7.2 is supposed to have even better support for truetype fonts. ;D