[Pkg-fonts-devel] Adobe ADFKO is now free software!

Nicolas Spalinger nicolas_spalinger at sil.org
Sat Sep 27 16:17:08 UTC 2014

On 09/20/2014 08:57 AM, ChangZhuo Chen (陳昌倬) wrote:
> On Sat, Sep 20, 2014 at 08:39:40AM +0100, Nicolas Spalinger wrote:
>> At the AtypI talk, Adobe indicated that this release is still rough and
>> does not comes "batteries included".
>> It's a major milestone and will likely to be tremendously useful but
>> it's not quite ready yet.
>> The tree structure, paths and the internal libraries are not likely to
>> be made with all the Debian policy and best practises in mind or widely
>> tested either.
>> One issue is actually getting it to use the system python properly.
>> I'm looking into it as well over the next few days.
> I put my current work in [0]. Beside system python issue, we also miss
> some required modules likes FontTools v2.5, fontMath-ufo3,
> robofab-utf3k, defcon-utf3, mutatorMath. We might also need to package
> them as well.
>> Can I recommend that we concentrate on helping getting it to run
>> properly on Debian via friendly upstream patches / pull requests
>> instead of just maintaining a Debian-specific fork?
> I agree. I will see if it is possible to use standard build system like
> cmake, pip, etc so that we can package it easier.
> [0] http://anonscm.debian.org/cgit/pkg-fonts/afdko.git

Thanks a lot for taking care of this !

To be clear, I didn't mean anything else by the above comment that trying
our best to work with Adobe to make that codebase more Debian-friendly.

I was in the audience at the conference were this was announced and the
presenter expressed the feeling that they didn't see many patches flow
back to them for other projects.
AFAICT the Debian integration patches are sometimes hard for certain
upstreams to find.


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