[Pkg-fonts-devel] Fonts in the google Font Directory [was: Talking with an upstream about changing his license]

Nicolas Spalinger nicolas_spalinger at sil.org
Thu May 20 14:01:15 UTC 2010

On 05/20/2010 03:38 PM, Fabian Greffrath wrote:
> Hi Rogério et al.,
>> http://code.google.com/webfonts/family?family=Cardo
> I am sad to see that none of the free fonts that Google lists in their
> new Font Directory are packaged for Debian already. Shouldn't we try to
> push them all in? I've seen there are ITPs for the Droid fonts for some
> time now [1], but noone seems to care for these fonts anymore.

Quick note to confirm that the open fonts in the Google Font Directory
are indeed intended to be available for packaging in the various
distros: they are libre/open fonts in any case. ("free font" is too
ambiguous a term and refers to freeware fonts). But there are a few
metadata buglets remaining to be ironed out and the latest version needs
to be sent by upstream authors (i.e. commits to the upstream hg repo)
before the distros can package them.

Also note how some of the fonts have been "optimized" for the web. A
Debian package will probably want to have the fuller version.

This will be discussed and sorted at the upcoming LGM in Brussels next

Give them a little time :-)

> Please keep me in CC, I am not subscribed to this list.
> Cheers,
> Fabian
> [1] http://bugs.debian.org/511036
>     http://bugs.debian.org/513731


Nicolas Spalinger, NRSI volunteer
Debian/Ubuntu font teams / OpenFontLibrary

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