[Pkg-fonts-devel] RFC: Getting linux-libertine modernized

Christian PERRIER bubulle at debian.org
Mon Oct 10 04:59:10 UTC 2011

Quoting Rogério Brito (rbrito at ime.usp.br):

(having a small doubt that you're subscribed to the ML. I guess you
are, but just in case, I CC you)

> Well, first of all, let me say that I favor keeping the name that upstream
> has chosen, for many reasons (I can elaborate on those latter), but:
> * Is your proposal only for changing the name of the source package?
> * Do you also intend to carry those changes for the binary package?


> * Do you want to drop things from the font description?

Not necessarily, but we might need to adapt it to explain that the
font(s) is|are sometimes called "Linux" Libertine.

> * Do you want to change the names of the fonts and how they are identified
>   to users?

No, I think it would go too far.

My main point here is that, besides using an irrelevant name ("Linux"
indeed apparently "opposed" to "Microsoft"), upstream is unclear about
the exact name of the project ("Libertine Open Font
Project"...producing a font named "Linux Libertine" that can be used
on anything...even in Microsoft-based environments).

Debian is not Linux-only. We will provide these packages for the Hurd
port and the kFreeBSD port. So, really, calling the font "Linux"
something is not a good idea.

> * We can alias the family "Linux Biolinum" to "Linux Biolinum O", as we are
>   now shipping OpenType fonts.

We could even alias it to "Biolinum". Similarly, it could be installed
in /usr/share/fonts/truetype/biolinum (not sure about
/usr/share/fonts/opentype...that might be another transition we need).

> > > except that I am using, locally, git as a client for subversion.
> > > Unfortunately, I don't know the svn equivalent of git-buildpackage +
> > > pristine-tar. How do you people usually deal with that?
> of my last e-mail, what are you people used to do?

I don't myself use svn-buildpackage, mostly because of troubles I have
to make it work with my cowdancer setup...but I think svn-buildpackage
can certainly be used with the SVN layout we have for all fonts.

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