[Pkg-fonts-devel] Merging font teams and share knowledge?

Daniel Glassey wdg at debian.org
Sat Sep 16 19:28:15 UTC 2006

On 15/09/06, Christian Perrier <Christian.Perrier at onera.fr> wrote:
> Hello,
> During the OpenOffice.org conference, I had a very interersting talk
> with Nicolas Spalinger who indeed made me discover the work of the OFL
> fonts packaging team.
> I learned a lot about OFL (Open Font license) and the work done by SIL
> about fonts.


> We both agreed that we really should share the knowledge about fints
> and fonts packaging. Having two font packaging teams in Debian sounds
> a bit weird.

Indeed, sorry I missed the pkg-fonts announcement and didn't think to
speak about it to you in Extremadura.

> >From my current knowledge, the font team I created a few months ago
> has a lot to learn from the OFL fonts packaging team...and the
> opposite is also probably right.
> What do you think about us working out to merge both teams into one?

Sounds like a good idea to me.

> For instance, some of the font packages we maintain could be worked to
> adopt the OFL license instead of the probably less well suited GPL or
> LGPL ones. From what I've understood right now, OFL is really meant
> for fonts and can probably make font designers less reluctant to
> release their work as free "software".

That would be great :)

> Please comment by keeping both lists CC'ed (this may trigger some work
> for the moderators, but well....).

No problem with that at this end ;) The membership of pkg-ofl-fonts is
very small, and just has the package maintainership as well. If it is
ok I'll change those packages to have
pkg-fonts-devel at lists.alioth.debian.org as the owner.

Are people thinking of making pkg-fonts-devel be the maintainer of all
the fonts packages in the project? The members maintaining the fonts
would be the uploaders. That is what we are doing in pkg-ofl-fonts.

If you could add the folks on the pkg-ofl-fonts project to pkg-fonts
that would be great. Then we could move the stuff in svn.


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