[Pkg-fonts-devel] Bug#835273: Bug#835273: fonts-liberation: Liberation 2 fonts poorly hinted
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.
Ben Caradoc-Davies <ben at transient.nz>
Transient Software Limited <http://transient.nz/>
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