[Pkg-fonts-devel] New release: GNU FreeFont

Davide Viti zinosat at tiscali.it
Sun Mar 30 19:10:28 UTC 2008

Hi Steve,

On Sun, Mar 30, 2008 at 04:58:15PM +0200, Steve White wrote:
> David (et al.)
> I am surprised that the fonts in the Debian distro are all built from
> source.  Do they all use FontForge, or are they built in other ways?
> But again, what is the rationale for re-building platform-independent
> font files in your distribution?  Is it just to test that it really
> can be done?

Debian is not just a random collection of (binary) packages picked up
here and there!

You suggest Debian should ship pre-built binary ttf files, and having a random
user who want to hack the fonts go and find out the version of FF he
installed on his system can't deal with that... I reckon it'd be a mess.

Of course, people can go to the freefont page, download the binary ttfs and
install them; what we're trying to do here is fix things so that no hacks
are needed to reproduce things


PS: just for the record, I've rebuilt the latest version of FF on my Debian
machine and I can open latest freefont with no problem
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