[Pkg-fonts-devel] Bug#835273: Bug#835273: fonts-liberation: Liberation 2 fonts poorly hinted

Ben Caradoc-Davies ben at transient.nz
Wed Aug 24 13:11:50 UTC 2016

On 24/08/16 23:48, Holger Levsen wrote:
> I'm not sure what I suggest, introducing a fonts-liberation-1.7 source package
> seems backward to me. Maybe just file an upstream bug?

There is an upstream bug, filed in 2012. Red Hat have had four years to 
address this problem. Their fix was to kick Liberation 2 out of Fedora 
18 and stick with Liberation 1:

Fedora 25 is still scheduled to use Liberation 1.

I think this was a sensible decision as the new SIL licence and extra 
glyphs do not in my view compensate for the loss of decent hinting. 
Liberation 1 was a magnificent achievement and is still a good choice 
today. It is by no means obsolete. I am yet to find another open source 
font family that is as readable and versatile and also plays nicely with 

The main problem is that Red Hat decided to reuse the Liberation name; 
if they had chosen a new name, we would not be having this problem.

Kind regards,

Ben Caradoc-Davies <ben at transient.nz>
Transient Software Limited <http://transient.nz/>
New Zealand

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