[Pkg-fonts-devel] current state and future of liberation-fonts

pravin.d.s at gmail.com pravin.d.s at gmail.com
Mon Jan 27 10:07:51 UTC 2014

On 27 January 2014 11:09, Fabian Greffrath <fabian at greffrath.com> wrote:

> Hello Pravin et al.,
> now that we have the croscore fonts available in Debian, too, I really
> wonder what we need liberation v2 fonts for? I mean, are they anything
> more than a rebranded version of the croscore fonts? And if yes, what
> benefit do they bring over just using the croscore fonts?

Good question.

1. Croscore Vs Liberation 1.07.3: Hinting bytecode is not same and that is
what the reason we reverted forked version of Liberation2 in Fedora from
Libreation2 to Liberation1.

2. Croscore Vs Liberation 2: Yes. Liberation2 has more improvements than
Croscore version which we forked earlier. If you see Changelog [a] Visible
one is support for Serbian glyphs support. Other bugs fixes are

Resolved "Glyphs with multiple unicode encodings inhibit subsetting"
#851790 and some other bug fixes #851791, #854601 and #851825

I am on the way to improve "l" shape before the next release so it will be
less confusing in small sizes. [b]

In the long term i would like to improve hinting instructions of
Liberation2 so it can match with liberation 1.07.3 and we will not required
to maintain two different versions. But i am not sure how much efforts
required in this. Some contribution will definitely help.

> Or asked differently: Shouldn't we just decide to abandon the liberation
> fonts and ship croscore fonts instead? Or what would we be missing then?

As written above is the difference.

Pravin Satpute

a. https://git.fedorahosted.org/cgit/liberation-fonts.git/tree/ChangeLog
b. https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1005780
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