[Pkg-fonts-devel] Joining fonts devel team?

Nicolas Spalinger nicolas_spalinger at sil.org
Mon Feb 14 16:28:31 UTC 2011

On 14/02/11 16:55, Pander wrote:
> Hi all,
> I have been working a lot in the last couple of year with FLOSS licensed
> fonts. I have been generating a lot of bug reports for Ubuntu packages
> on fonts that need upgrading.


Thanks for your efforts.

> Fonts in general don't get repackaged as actively as other packages, I
> think this can be improved, especially since these are only data files
> and not program code that needs much more testing.

Well, I would argue (along with quite a few other people) that fonts are
software and not to be lumped together with static data.

But yes, often the packaging may not involve huge amounts of makefiles
and build-deps compared to other larger software. But that doesn't mean
it does not require time and dedication to get right.

> Both Debian and Ubuntu together ship to over 10 million users. It would
> be nice if they were using the best fonts possible and, as sometimes
> occurs, not outdated versions. Also I have some ideas on improving
> packaging for fonts. With whom can I discuss these?

I think you're in the right place to contribute and suggest ideas and
improvements :-)

Welcome to the team!
Fresh blood and new motivation is always welcome.

> Best regards,
> Pander
> PS   I have send a copy of this message to Ubuntu's font packaging team

The Ubuntu team is more or less a mirror of this pkg-fonts team and most
key people are subscribed to this list.


Nicolas Spalinger,
SIL NRSI volunteer - http://scripts.sil.org
Debian fonts task force -  http://pkg-fonts.alioth.debian.org
Open font community - http://planet.open-fonts.org

More information about the Pkg-fonts-devel mailing list