[Pkg-fonts-devel] RFC: new fonts-libertine package available

Christian PERRIER bubulle at debian.org
Thu Oct 13 05:12:28 UTC 2011

Quoting Paul Sladen (paul at sladen.org):
> On Wed, 12 Oct 2011, Rogério Brito wrote:
> > finishing touches on linux-libertine.
> > installation/upgrade from existing ttf-linux-libertine packages.
> > Here is the dsc file for those that want to see the state of the package:
> > dget http://mentors.debian.net/debian/pool/main/f/fonts-libertine/fonts-libertine_5.1.3-1.dsc
> Gillian,
> Out of interest, are you happy with this renaming of the relevant
> Debian packages from 'ttf-linux-libertine' to just 'fonts-libertine'?

There has been a discussion on the pkg-fonts-devel mailing list about
the package naming. The naming policy we adopted until now is
fonts-<foundry>-<fontname>. So, we are in the process of slowly
renaming packages (both binary and sources) to fit that policy.

My opinion is that "linux" is certainly not a foundry. So, my first
proposal was indeed "fonts-libertine" based on the fact that upstream
is not that clear about the project's name (I read mentions of
"Libertine Open Font Project"). Also based on the fact that "linux"
makes no point here. This font is certainly not meant to be used on
Linux systems only.

There have been arguments, though, that "Linux Libertine" is the font
name as chosen by upstream (definitely the internal font name).

We certainly have to respect that and, unless there is a sign from
upstream that renaming the (imho) improperly named font, we just prefer
renaming the package but (I have to repeat this dozens of times) not
the font itself.

The discussion was maybe converging towards a proposal I made to name
the package "fonts-linuxlibertine": it keeps the original upstream
intent without turning "linux" into a foundry. However, Rogério
committed changes to fonts-libertine in the meantime, with a commit
message....which I dislike (talking about bikeshedding, etc.).

I am currently not ready to upload the package as is, at least until
the discussion about package naming has been completed.

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