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

Rogério Brito rbrito at ime.usp.br
Mon Oct 10 14:28:33 UTC 2011

Hi, people.

On Oct 10 2011, Rogério Brito wrote:
> 2011/10/10 Christian PERRIER <bubulle at debian.org>:
> > Quoting Rogério Brito (rbrito at ime.usp.br):
> >> 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?
> >
> > Both.
> OK, (re)naming the packages is no big deal.
> But, just as a reminder, in general people are very sensitive
> regarding foundries, as can be seen in Karl Berry's font naming scheme
> for fonts to be used in TeX. (Yes, I have given this bit a good amount
> of thought, especially considering the precedents that we have in
> other "distributions").

The more I think about it, the more I see it silly and frivolous to drop the
"Linux" part of the font name, especially without approval from upstream
(which is important in this case).

I could try to contact them, but I would feel ashamed to ask them "Hey,
would you change the name of your font? It doesn't feel good having a font
named Linux foo that is able to be used on systems kernels other than Linux,
you know?". I lack this courage.

Asking them to change the license would be a totally different matter, as
that would matter for redistribution, but the name?

Anyway, just upload whatever the font with whatever name you want.  I can't
upload anything anyway, and even if I could, I would not upload given that
there are still disagreements.

Anyway #2, if it is just the package name being changed, then it won't harm
much (except cause confusion). OTOH, changing the font naming (either via
changing the fonts *or* creating fontconfig aliases) is a big no no.

Nevertheless, I hope that you respect my right to disagree.


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