[Pkg-fonts-devel] Cantarel font

Nicolas Spalinger nicolas_spalinger at sil.org
Mon Mar 14 13:25:28 UTC 2011

>>> Considering that the copyright of the work is assigned to a company and
>>> not GNOME as a non-profit, I'm not sure how GNOME could be the
>>> foundry...    Also there are some discrepancies with a foundry name
>>> which is different than the company name in the metadata of the various
>>> source files.
>> Well, maybe the term "foundry" isn't as universally suitable as we wish and
>> it simply canot be applied to all possible fonts. Maybe we should
>> concentrate on who *released* the font.
>> In the current example, Dave Crossland has release the Cantarell fonts on
>> <http://abattis.org/cantarell/>, but development has recently been taken
>> over by the GNOME team under the same font name and we package *their*
>> version. Thus the package name should be fonts-gnome-cantarell. If we also
>> packaged (for whatever reasons) Dave's original version of the fonts, that
>> package name should probably be fonts-abattis-cantarell or
>> fonts-dcrossland-cantarell or something similar.


>> What do you think?

IMHO the naming question is also linked to GNOME's policy around
for-profits holding the copyright wrt. to future improvements to the
(font) software.

> I mostly agree with you; can a GNOME program have the copyright
> assigned to a bunch of parties and not GNOME Foundation?

I'd recommend talking to Dave Neary and looking at the following to get
this right: http://live.gnome.org/CopyrightAssignment

> I believe GNOME is the foundry since development is hosting on GNOME
> systems and work is centrally organized there. I am happy for
> references other than copyright notices to be changed from
> Understanding Limited to GNOME Foundation :)

How will GNOME handle branches created by external contributors?
non-affiliated contributors? other companies? and merges to master of
these contributions? When decided this should probably go into the
documentation/FONTLOG/wiki page of the font project.

> Cheers
> Dave


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

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