[Pkg-fonts-devel] ttf-gentium review

Nicolas Spalinger nicolas_spalinger at sil.org
Fri Jun 22 09:39:58 UTC 2007

Christian Perrier wrote:
>> We do not suggest gcc and other tools in each package that written in C,
>> so I think fontforge should not be suggested too.
> Nor do I.

OK, I will adjust the Suggests accordingly then.

All these suggestions will be moved to the open font design toolkit

The idea is to make the Debian environment a friendly place for
designers. A one click (one command) install of the whole font design
toolkit is a good step in that direction.

>>>>>>       * The OFL file doesn't need to be installed
>>>>> Why?
>>>> The OFL is quoted in the copyright file, IMO we don't need 2 copies of
>>>> the OFL in the package.
>>> OK, that makes sense. But we will need to make many changes to various
>>> existing packages which reference OFL.txt
>> Alternatively if OFL is used by many packages it can be added to
>> base-files in directory /usr/share/common-licenses, so it need not to be
>> included in debian/copyright.
> Yep. It should, as soon as Debian advice abou tit freeness is confirmed

The FTP-masters have already made a decision in favor of the license.

And I had good discussions with MJ Ray and Don Armstrong about the
freeness of the OFL 1.1 after MJ's talk about the work of debian-legal:

MJ was happy with the clarifications of intent expressed in the current
version:  substitution systems are outside the scope of the license and
adding debian packaging is not branching the font. (So there is no need
to do a Debian-specific branch for the fonts).

Don had no other objections than the name protection compromise (and its
potentially functional aspect) which is crucial for font designers and
fits with DFSG #4. We agreed that theoretically it would be ideal not to
have this but without it almost no designer will make the step to
release their creation under a DFSG-recognized font-specific license.

I will reply in a few days to the earlier list thread comparing the OFL
with the GPL / GPL + exception.

Nicolas Spalinger

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