Liberations fonts from Red Hat

Nicolas Mailhot nicolas.mailhot at
Thu May 10 08:23:35 UTC 2007

Le Jeu 10 mai 2007 00:34, Rahul Sundaram a écrit :
> Hi

Hi Rahul,

> The initial font sets include Latin, Greek and Cyrillic characters and
> lacks hinting. The next update is planned to have hinting and support
> for other locales.

This calls for many questions:

1. Is this a long-term Red Hat project or will it go stagnant after
initial funding dries out ? (Luxi and Vera-like)

2. Does Red Hat intend to morph it in a community project (with the
usual wiki+bugzilla+open SCM infrastructure) or will contributions be
restricted to the contracted foundry (ie will it need a fork like Vera
before joining community space ?)

3. what is the reasonning between the licensing choice? Most recent
FLOSS font projects seem to be gravitation towards OFL, and licensing
differences make cross-pollination difficult

4. will unicode coverage ever extend past Latin, Greek and Cyrillic ?
Is Latin, Greek and Cyrillic support limited to most common glyphs or
does it also includes regional variants (welsh, catalan, coptic, etc)

5. is it intended to be the new RHEL or Fedora default font set or
just a windows compatibility pack ?

6. why did Red Hat choose to launch a new font project instead of
improving one of the existing FLOSS fonts? Was metric compatibility
the main reason? If so is it not dangerous to target the windows
2000/XP font set when vista just introduced a new default font set ?

7. why is this discussed on the marketing list first ?

[feel free to redirect answers to whatever forum you feel is most

Nicolas Mailhot

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