[Pkg-fonts-devel] FW: Dejavu fonts: call for testing

Davide Viti zinosat at tiscali.it
Thu Jul 6 07:03:39 UTC 2006

As suggested by Christian Perrier, you might be interested in the following 
originally sent to d-boot and d-i18n (even if I wrongly sent it to d-l10n-
italian ...)

As many of you probably know, dejavu fonts have been chosen as default
font for the graphical version of the debian-intaller (g-i); this
means that 48 of the 64 currently supported languages rely on dejavu
fonts for rendering text.

I've started lurking the dejavu IRC channel and mailing list and got
in touch with the developers; Nicolas Mailhot proposed an interesting
initiative on the dejavu ML: a cross-distribution call for test of the
latest version of the dejavu fonts (see [1] for details).

I've started a similar initiative a while before ([2]) which helped
to find and fix quite a few problems related to fonts inside g-i.

despite being very useful, it ended up being a bit messy and
unpractical: I got private emails which should have been sent to the
ML instead, and often messages were sent only to one of the two MLs
involved. Morover, keeping track of reports for so many languages is
not easy.

I think if we found a way of joining the forces to help the dejavu
project could be good for everyone and speed up the developement of
better fonts; my (g-i oriented) purpose is to take part to this "round
of feedbacks" by judging the screenshots (like [3]) captured in a g-i
environment. I'll do my best to report success stories to the dejavu
ML [4], and to report bugs to the appropriate BTS [5].
Our wiki [6] lists which of the supported languages use dejavu.

Suggestions for improving the "flow" for font reports are welcome; if
anyone thinks other Debian MLs would be more appropriate for this,
please let me know.


[1] http://sourceforge.net/mailarchive/forum.php?
[2] http://lists.debian.org/debian-boot/2006/06/msg01178.html 
[3] http://d-i.alioth.debian.org/gtk-frontend/screenshots/20060621_dejavu2.7/
[4] https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/dejavu-fonts
[5] http://dejavu.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Bugs
[6] http://wiki.debian.org/DebianInstaller/GUIFonts

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