Re: Fonts for distribution

On 23/02/2006, at 1:21 AM, Roozbeh Pournader wrote:

ØÙØ ÚÙØØØÙØÙØ 2006-02-22 ØØØØ 16:54 +1030Ø Clytie Siddall ÙÙØØ:
What do you guys think? If we could release Gentium and maybe Doulos
with distros, our users have effective, true Unicode fonts which will
display all localizations.

Gentium, Doulos, and Charis are already available in Fedora, in packages
named "gentium-fonts", "doulos-fonts", and "charis-fonts". All three are
currently available for Fedora Core 5 test versions, while at the
present moment only gentium-fonts is available for Fedora Core 4 (Charis
and Doulos will be available in a few days).

For example, to install the Gentium on Fedora, one can simply type:
# yum install gentium-fonts

This is interesting to hear, Roozbeh, thankyou, because on the debian- i18n list, where I also brought up this topic, I was told somewhat forcibly that the OFL doesn't allow distribution. MJ Ray said:

Last I heard, the Open Font Licence got its name change clause
(clause 3) wrong and prevents people making API-compatible
new fonts based on OFL'd ones (that is, derived works cannot
be drop-in replacements for an original). It goes far further
in this restriction than the Bitstream Vera fonts, for example.
The Bitstream Vera README tells you how to include a local.conf
file to be a drop-in replacement, but that seems forbidden
for OFL'd packages.

The OFL FAQ claims it follows the DFSG, but DDs disagree. See
for example. Please do not upload OFL'd fonts to main for now.

Not that I was going to upload anything, but you get the gist.

Everson Mono turns out to be shareware (I don't remember that when I
was first pointed to it :( ):

Well, Michael Everson, the font author, is a dear friend of mine, and I
have been trying to make him release that font under a free software
license. I even made him watch the movie Revolution OS to get better
ideas of what I am really talking about. No real progress yet, but I
guess I will try again and again.

Keep trying! Does he like chocolate? ThinkGeek caffeine goodies? Not that I would consider bribery, of course ... unless it were cheap and effective. :D

from Clytie (vi-VN, Vietnamese free-software translation team / nhÃm Viát hÃa phán mám tá do)

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