[Pkg-fonts-devel] RFC: splitting ttf-dejavu package

Arne Goetje arne at linux.org.tw
Wed Aug 29 01:28:43 UTC 2007

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Paul Wise wrote:
> On 8/29/07, Davide Viti <zinosat at tiscali.it> wrote:
>> the dejavu package has been reworked in the latest release (based on
>> Debian 2.19-1);
>>   * split the package into two (-core and -extra) together with a
>>     metapackage (ttf-dejavu) to provide smooth upgrades.
> Has Ubuntu written a rationale for this change?
> Only one I can possibly think of is to save space in the installer. I
> guess the installer doesn't use italic anywhere?

The rationale behind this move is indeed to save space on the Live CD,
as we have difficulties with other applications (most noticeably OO.o)
growing from version to version and input methods (for example for CJK)
currently missing, due to space restraints.

So, the ttf-dejavu package is just the first one to be split, others
will follow.

The goal is to have a set of core fonts to display the normal Live CD
desktop screen and installer with only those fonts which are mandatory
(normal and bold). For a full blown desktop installation, it is
recommended that the user installs the -extra packages alongside the
- -core packages, if (s)he desires.

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