[Pkg-fonts-devel] Fwd: Draining the font swamp

Nicolas Spalinger nicolas_spalinger at sil.org
Sun May 20 22:39:35 UTC 2007

>> There has been some confusion and dissatisfaction over the treatment of
>> fonts in Ubuntu for a some time now, and no common understanding of how to
>> improve the situation.  I spent a little time thinking about this today, and
>> would like to present some questions whose answers I hope will help us to
>> make some progress.
>> Please correct me where I've misunderstood, as I've only done some cursory
>> research here.
> .../...
> Matt, Daniel Glassey bringed your mail in the pkg-fonts-devel mailing
> list on Alioth.
> pkg-fonts-devel is slowly becoming a quite "central" point in font
> maintenance in Debian ("slowly" because I launched this, but not being
> a specialist of fonts, I can't animate the group as much as I would
> like).
> It would be interesting to have a common place shared between Debian
> and ubuntu when it comes at font management. After all, this was
> mostly my intent when I blindly launched the pkg-fonts project on
> Alioth.
> Not everything fonts-related in Debian is maintained by pkg-fonts
> members (defoma isn't, nor is fontconfig, nor are several font
> packages) but that shoud lincrease slowly while people join the group.
> http://lists.alioth.debian.org/mailman/listinfo/pkg-fonts-devel as a
> start for people who want to join.

Most members of the currently small Ubuntu fonts team
(https://launchpad.net/~fonts) are members of the Debian fonts team.
I'll invite the others, along with people I've gotten in touch with and
who have shown interest in this area to join the Alioth project.

> Of course, that can also be discussed during, say a cheese party at
> Debconf (this is a special Matt-fishing trick).

There's also a font BoF scheduled on the 17th at 16:30 in BoF Room 2

And I'm pretty sure we can have cheese there as well.
I'll bring some :-)


Nicolas Spalinger

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