[Pkg-fonts-devel] Packaging for Inconsolata-g

Fabian Greffrath fabian at greffrath.com
Thu Jul 10 07:30:16 UTC 2014

Hi Jon,

Am Mittwoch, den 09.07.2014, 11:26 -0400 schrieb Jon Bernard: 
> Although this font has been around for a while, I've just come across it
> [1].  It's a modified version of the Inconsolata font and find it a bit
> more pleasing to my eyes.  As a derivative work it is subject to the
> same licensing terms as the original, and so meets the requirements of
> the DFSG (as I understand, please correct if I'm wrong).  The only issue

Yes. Inconsolata is licensed under the SIL Open Font License, which is a
Copyleft license, so it applies to any derivative as well.

> I see is that the author has not provided versioning or an official
> release tarball.  If that isn't a huge problem, I'd be happy to produce
> a package for this font, I think it would be a nice addition to the
> collection.

Honestly, I am not sure if this should get its own Debian package. The
author seems to have applied a mere 8 changes to the original font,
breaking some basic principles of font design in the course (different
weights for ',' and ';', different heights for '+' and '-', etc.).
Furthermore, his apparent lack of Fontforge skills does not add to my

In my opinion, this font is better suited for ~/.fonts than for a Debian


- Fabian

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