[Pkg-fonts-devel] Bug#568109: xfonts-scalable: Utopia has been Free software for a good amount of time

Fabian Greffrath fabian at greffrath.com
Fri Oct 5 20:00:02 UTC 2012

Am Freitag, den 05.10.2012, 17:22 +0200 schrieb Fabian Greffrath:
> Rogério is right, Adobe Utopia is free software. It is already 
> included in <http://xorg.freedesktop.org/releases/individual/font/> in 
> the font-adobe-utopia-type1-1.0.4.tar.gz tarball, which includes the 
> following license in its COPYING file:

I am sorry, I was mistaken. The license I quoted did not grant the right
to modify the font and was thus still the same spurious license that
kept the font out of Debian. Initially, that is, because the font is now
on CTAN with an improved license:

Now, we could ask X.org upstream to upgrade their copy of the font to
the one found on CTAN (or at least upgrade the licensing terms) so we
could include it in the xfonts-scalable Debian package.

But then, the font is already in
the /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/fonts/type1/adobe/utopia/ directory in
the texlive-fonts-recommended package.

So, I became curious and checked if it was the same case for the
Bitstream Charter font:

md5sum /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/fonts/type1/bitstrea/charter/*.pfb
6c8c18c1e1a138641a52c29f0b878445  /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/fonts/type1/bitstrea/charter/bchb8a.pfb
7f969820a9c1085027a23beb06f6f457  /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/fonts/type1/bitstrea/charter/bchbi8a.pfb
539b6fed90ef630e9049bc13079bc598  /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/fonts/type1/bitstrea/charter/bchr8a.pfb
12369bddf1a14581d11fcdbf86619250  /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/fonts/type1/bitstrea/charter/bchri8a.pfb
$ md5sum /usr/share/fonts/X11/Type1/c06[34]*.pfb
6c8c18c1e1a138641a52c29f0b878445  /usr/share/fonts/X11/Type1/c0632bt_.pfb
7f969820a9c1085027a23beb06f6f457  /usr/share/fonts/X11/Type1/c0633bt_.pfb
539b6fed90ef630e9049bc13079bc598  /usr/share/fonts/X11/Type1/c0648bt_.pfb
12369bddf1a14581d11fcdbf86619250  /usr/share/fonts/X11/Type1/c0649bt_.pfb

Et voila, we already have this font duplicated in the archive. The
question is what to do with these duplicates? Remove them from
texlive-fonts-recommended, make that package depend on xfonts-scalable
and add symlinks?

Please note that there are also other duplicate fonts between the
gsfonts package, the ones shipped in the ghostscript tarball and the
ones in /usr/share/texlive/texmf-dist/fonts/type1/urw.

Back to topic: We should either take Adobe Utopia from CTAN and add it
to xfonts-scalable or add a fontconfig file to texlive-fonts-recommended
that registers this font with fontconfig (that's be five lines of code).
In both cases we'd have duplicates between xfonts-scalable and
texlive-fonts-recommended, so what to do with them?

 - Fabian

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