[Pkg-fonts-devel] RFS: ttf-takao (NEW)

Jun Kobayashi jkbys at ubuntu.com
Sat Apr 3 03:20:37 UTC 2010


Thank you for your comment.

Paul Wise wrote:
> Do we really need two versions of the same font in Debian? Would it
> not be better for you to work with otf-ipafont upstream and get your
> changes added there?

If we are permitted to patch the IPA Fonts itself or the upstream is 
open and release fixed version quickly considering our request, it's 
better to work with the upstream and make IPA Fonts better.

But we are prohibited to distribute modified IPA Fonts by its license 
and IPA takes much time until the new version release. It took 10 months 
in fact from past version to current version though past version widely 
known including some problems. This is understandable considering they 
are governmental organization and they are cautious for their activity.
But if we find bugs on IPA fonts, all we can do is reporting to IPA and 
waiting fixed by them. This can cause to distribute buggy Japanese fonts 
to Debian and other distributions users for months. This is why we create 
community developed version, Takao Fonts and I think Takao should be 
included into Debian.

Of cource, we will report bugs and wishes to IPA if we have. And we do 
believe Takao's activity is good for the upstream, IPA Fonts. This is 
because Takao can be fixed and released actively if we have users request.
IPA can review the fixes of Takao for a period of time, and decide if 
they like to integrate the fixes in the next release of IPA Fonts.
We mailed IPA this idea, and they showed an understanding.

Jun Kobayashi

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