[Pkg-fonts-devel] GNU FreeFont 20120503 released

Khaled Hosny khaledhosny at eglug.org
Fri May 11 13:42:04 UTC 2012

On Fri, May 11, 2012 at 02:58:45PM +0200, Fabian Greffrath wrote:
> Am Donnerstag, den 10.05.2012, 22:56 +0200 schrieb Khaled Hosny:
> > In this case OTF is the "native" format, TTF is "converted" by FontForge
> > at build time, so if one is to be removed then it should be TTF not the
> > other way around.
> No. Both are converted from the SFD source format at build time.

Right, but the splines[1] are stored in the SFD files in cubic type (AKA
PostScript, AKA CFF-OpenType, AKA OTF), the quadratic splines used in
TTF are converted from the cubic ones, and it is a lossy conversion[2].

> Also, compare these:
> $ apt-cache rdepends ttf-freefont | wc -l
> 83
> $ apt-cache rdepends otf-freefont | wc -l
> 5

I bet the vast majority of those (if not all) can use the OTF version
just fine, if not then Debian should keep both.


[1] http://fontforge.sourceforge.net/bezier.html
[2] http://fontforge.sourceforge.net/bezier.html#ps2ttf

More information about the Pkg-fonts-devel mailing list