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Changing the default font in Fedora Core 6

Hello all.

Having read the thread that was active 2+ weeks ago "Changing the default font in Fedora Core 6" [1], I think that it's obvious that the Best Thing™ would be to include DejaVu in Core as soon as possible.

Translators work hard for translating fedora core, extras, the docs and the release notes, but the installer is absolutely unusable in some languages because the best font out there isn't included in the Core. Ambassadors work hard in event organizing and spreading the word about Fedora to new users, but one has to manually edit the fonts.conf file to get a usable desktop in > 1 languages. I am sad to say this, but I heard people using the words "unacceptable" and "proof that the community doesn't matter" for the fonts issues in Fedora. (For some screenshots, take a look at [2].)

Many people from this list agreed that we should include DejaVu. I believe that we should try our best to include it in the Core, definitely before Test 3 so that some testing gets done too. I don't know if someone is willing to transfer it to Core before Test 2 and I am not sure if the fontconfig patch to exclude characters from a font will be ready soon, or if it is even needed, since DejaVu LGU exists.

What I do know is that we should fix this problem that spoils the image of our distribution as soon as possible. Not only because it's simply the best free font out there, but because the community really needs it straight away. Other major distros like Suse and Ubuntu have already realized this, and while this decision is considered a no-brainer, we are still talking about it.

Thanks to Nicolas Mailhot, a package already exists in extras-devel, so most of the work is already done. Now, the only thing that remains (as I see it) is a Core maintainer to step forward.

-Dimitris Glezos

Fedora ambassador for Greece

[1]: https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-devel-list/2006-June/thread.html#00292 [2]: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/L10N/Teams/Greek/Issues#head-6355afab18e12a4bc80288e6476fbfecb8530a24

Dimitris Glezos
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"He who gives up functionality for ease of use
loses both and deserves neither." (Anonymous)

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