A large percentage of users of my website are visiting via Linux (primarily Ubuntu). I needed a font similar to Segoe UI, which is already available in ubuntu. A close match should suffice, but please don't ask me to change from segoe, as it fits in very well.
Interesting question. Most Ubuntu users end up installing the MS core fonts, but of course Segoe UI is not one of them. Two ideas come to mind as to what you could do.
- How about use Times New Roman as a secondary option? It has some differences, but has a feel close to that oof Segoe and has many similarities.
- Use CSS 3 to your advantage for those viewers with modern browsers. Linux users tend to be on the cutting edge of things, so this may be a really good option. And the best part is that they don't have to have Segoe UI, but they will display the page as if they do. I don't know what the licensing issues would be, but you can follow this guide to make it all work for you.
I think I'll go with Helveltica (its used on doctype, and matches the sans-serif look of segoe)