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

Davide Viti zinosat at tiscali.it
Sun Mar 30 20:46:55 UTC 2008

On Sun, Mar 30, 2008 at 09:34:38PM +0200, Steve White wrote:
> 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?

I guess most of the concepts behind Debian are wery well expressed on
various docs and I'd start from the DFSG:



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