[K12OSN] liberation-fonts instead of msttcorefonts?

Daniel Bodanske daengbo at gmail.com
Tue Jul 10 01:09:17 UTC 2007

Anyone who gets finicky about the layout of something in Word is being
silly, and I'll be happy to explain to them why they are. Word is not
a typesetting or desktop publishing program.

A real issue, though is how these equivalent fonts affect PDFs, which
should display exactly the same everywhere. If the font is embedded,
there is never a problem, but I have seen PDFs where the default Sans
font is not the same on different computers, and the layout of the PDF
got screwed up with letters overlapping or improperly kerned (is that
the correct term?).


On 7/10/07, "Terrell Prudé Jr." <microman at cmosnetworks.com> wrote:
>  I use and like them as well.  They are indeed close, but not quite exact.
> I actually had someone comment to me about the "different look" of a
> document that I had sent them that used Liberation (I use OpenOffice.org).
> They looked at it in Times New Roman--on MS Word, naturally--and actually
> complained!  Reason?  The ends of the paragraphs didn't fall exactly in the
> same places (my printout vs. her screen display).  They were close, but not
> exactly the same.
>  Therefore, I decided on a little test.  I then viewed the same document
> again in OpenOffice.org, changing everything from Liberation to Times New
> Roman, and sure enough, the paragraphs ended in OpenOffice.org exactly where
> they did in my colleague's MS Word 2003.  She seemed to have a valid point
> at first.
>  OK, let's continue testing, I thought.  I fired up a Windows box w/ MS Word
> XP, followed later with MS Word 2000, and viewed the same document in each,
> using Times New Roman.  Guess what?  The paragraphs didn't land exactly
> where they had in MS Word 2003!  Furthermore, Word XP and Word 2000 had the
> paragraphs ending in slightly different places.  So, I said to my MS
> Word-using colleague, "so how do you deal with this with your Word XP-using
> boss?" My colleague then got quiet.
>  The test showed me two things.  First, OpenOffice.org 2.x is so compatible
> with MS Word 2003 that at times it even beats MS Word XP and 2000 (I didn't
> bother trying Word 97).  Second, using the Liberation typefaces doesn't
> produce any layout changes greater than switching between different versions
> of Microsoft Word.  A whole lot of businesses and schools continue to use MS
> Office 2000/XP, so this point is relevant.
>  Conclusion:  the Liberation typefaces are certainly good enough to replace
> Times New Roman.  Further, they are Free as in Freedom.  I absolutely will
> continue to use them.
>  I believe that we should continue to make the msttcorefonts available, if
> only to continue to serve notice to Microsoft:  WE WILL EXERCISE OUR RIGHTS.
>  It's much like why USA warships would sail periodically in the Black Sea
> during the Cold War as a notice to the Soviet Union.  However, we should
> also certainly pre-load Liberation and furthermore make it the default
> typeface.  If someone wants to choose the msttcorefonts, then they still
> can, but with Liberation, they don't have to anymore.
>  --TP
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>  Nadav Kavalerchik wrote:
> i second that :-)
>  i use them too, and they are great!
>  i also set the Font Replacement Table in OpenOffice to replace the
>  corresponding MS fonts with these fonts according to their fonts families.
>  it can be patched globally by editing the file:
>  /{where OO is
> installed}/openoffice.org2/user/registry/data/org/openoffice/Office/Common.xcu
>  where the "Font Replacement Table" setting are stored.
>  i'm attaching it.
> On 7/8/07, Nils Breunese <nils at breun.nl> wrote:
> > Hello,
> >
> > I recently installed K12LTSP 5EL and notice that the 'Get Fonts'
> > launcher in 'Install additional software' builds and installs
> > msttcorefonts. Red Hat has recently released the liberation-fonts
> > package, which contains GPL substitutes for Microsoft's fonts.
> >
> > The press release says: "There are three sets: Sans (a substitute for
> > Arial, Albany, Helvetica, Nimbus Sans L, and Bitstream Vera Sans),
> > Serif (a substitute for Times New Roman, Thorndale, Nimbus Roman, and
> > Bitstream Vera Serif) and Mono (a substitute for Courier New,
> > Cumberland, Courier, Nimbus Mono L, and Bitstream Vera Sans Mono)."
> >
> > I've installed the liberation-fonts package on K12LTSP 5EL and it
> > works great. Shouldn't the script install these fonts instead?
> >
> >    < https://www.redhat.com/promo/fonts/ >
> >
> > Nils Breunese.
> >
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