[Pkg-fonts-devel] font-team maintainance?

Nicolas Spalinger nicolas_spalinger at sil.org
Sun Jul 15 14:33:36 UTC 2007

Erich Schubert wrote:
> Hi,
> I'd like to make the ttf-larabie (non-free) font package
> team-maintained in the fonts team.
> What is the proper way to do that? If there is a common way of
> packaging fonts, I'd like to switch to that. The current package
> probably isn't up to date to font packaging best practises.

Hi Erich,

You're very welcome to join the Alioth project.

I'm personally focusing on open fonts right now but maybe others in the
team can help with co-maintaining these fonts. Any takers?

Actually, at this stage the font packaging best practises are still
forming... You can look at what is currently done in the svn repo.

Have you been in touch with upstream about re-releasing under a
community-recognized license like the OFL? Instead of his own license?
See the unifont.org campaign: http://unifont.org/go_for_ofl/

> I'm not using fonts much these days, so I'd actually like someone else
> to take of the package completely; making it team maintained by the
> font team seems quite appropriate.

I would suggest you consider committing the existing packaging work in
our svn under packages/ttf-larabie-$whatever

> One note: these font packages are huge. I tried using defoma for them
> some years ago, but it didn't work very well: back then, Defoma seemed
> to exhibit some O(n^2) or O(n^3) kind of behaviour, and installing the
> larabie packages would take several hours on older systems.
> I didn't try recently if Defoma performance has improved. But if you
> add Defoma to the package, make sure to see if the installation speed
> is okay!

Maybe more splitting of the packages would improve this aspect as well.

> best regards,
> Erich Schubert
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Nicolas Spalinger

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