[Pkg-fonts-devel] New release: GNU FreeFont
stevan.white at googlemail.com
Sun Mar 30 19:34:38 UTC 2008
On Sun, Mar 30, 2008 at 9:10 PM, Davide Viti <zinosat at tiscali.it> wrote:
> 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.
There is a big difference in nature between an executable machine
binary and a ttf file.
A machine binary may be meant to do a complex set of tasks, but a
human's only hope of really understanding what it does, or changing
what it does, is by looking at the human-written source code it was
made from. Compliling program source code is a loss of information.
In contrast a TrueType file is a description of how to draw a set of
characters. It isn't textual but it represents all of its
information, and its format is public, and it can be edited by several
means. And it is cross-platform.
Like jpeg, png, etc.
You don't insist on building all your jpegs and png files from source
(I think). Why do you insist on building ttf files?
> Of course, people can go to the freefont page, download the binary ttfs and
> install them;
They can even download the FontForge .sfd files, and edit and build them!
> what we're trying to do here is fix things so that no hacks
> are needed to reproduce things
And I very much appreciate that. I'm all for it.
> 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
Good to know somebody else tried it!
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