[Pkg-fonts-devel] Bug#568109: xfonts-scalable: Utopia has been Free software for a good amount of time

Rogério Brito rbrito at ime.usp.br
Tue Feb 2 14:26:25 UTC 2010

Package: xfonts-scalable
Version: 1:1.0.1-1
Severity: normal
X-Debbugs-CC: pkg-fonts-devel at lists.alioth.debian.org, debian-tex-maint at lists.debian.org


I am intereted in fonts for some time (I am interested in Typography and
fonts are one obvious aspect of it).

Having been playing with XeTeX, I became interested to see which
hight-quality Free Software fonts that we had and, surprisingly, one of
the fonts that are usable with *TeX, Utopia, is Free, but seems to be
excluded from xfonts-scalable.

Here is some background on the issue:

One thing that is interesting to note is that Utopia is present in Type
1 format in the texlive packages, but it seems that texlive doesn't
register the fonts with X, as they are installed in a directory other
than /usr/share/fonts:

| rbrito at chagas:~$ ls -log /usr/share/texmf-texlive/fonts/type1/adobe/utopia/put*
| -rw-r--r-- 1 36737 Nov 22  2006 /usr/share/texmf-texlive/fonts/type1/adobe/utopia/putb8a.pfb
| -rw-r--r-- 1 37993 Nov 22  2006 /usr/share/texmf-texlive/fonts/type1/adobe/utopia/putbi8a.pfb
| -rw-r--r-- 1 36507 Nov 22  2006 /usr/share/texmf-texlive/fonts/type1/adobe/utopia/putr8a.pfb
| -rw-r--r-- 1 37756 Nov 22  2006 /usr/share/texmf-texlive/fonts/type1/adobe/utopia/putri8a.pfb
| rbrito at chagas:~$

I would, therefore, propose some coordination between debian-tex-maint,
debian-x and the fonts team.

Since I am interested in the fonts thing, I am willing to help, but I
don't have many rights, as I am only a Debian Maintainer.

Thanks, Rogério Brito.

P.S.: Just for the record, I generated, with FontForge, a very quick and
dirty truetype package with Utopia from the Type 1 fonts in texlive, so
that I can freely use it with fontconfig.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: squeeze/sid
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.33-rc5-00237-g9a3cbe3 (SMP w/2 CPU cores; PREEMPT)
Locale: LANG=en_US.utf-8, LC_CTYPE=pt_BR.utf-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages xfonts-scalable depends on:
ii  xfonts-utils                  1:7.5+2    X Window System font utility progr

xfonts-scalable recommends no packages.

Versions of packages xfonts-scalable suggests:
ii  xserver-xorg-core [xserver]   2:1.7.4-2  Xorg X server - core server

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