Libertine Open Fonts Project, which first
on LWN in May, 2006, is an open source font project.
The project's leader is Philipp H. Poll.
The Libertine project description states:
Letters and fonts have two charakteristics: On the one hand they are basic elements of communication and fundament of our culture, on the other hand they are cultural goods and artcraft.
You are able to see just the first aspect, but when it comes to software youll see copyrights and patents even on the most elementary fonts. Therefore we want to give you a free alternative: This is why we founded the Libertine Open Fonts Project.
license information states:
Our fonts are free in the sense of the GPL and OFL. In a nutshell: Changing the font is allowed as long as the derivative work is published under the same license again. Pedantics keep claiming that the embedded use of GPL-fonts in i.e. PDFs requires the free publication of the PDF as well. This, of course, is absolute nonsense, because - to our opinion - the font is not significantly changed by the embedding. To abolish the conflict some members of the FSF have written an addition to the license: the so called Font Exception. Our fonts GPL contains this font exception (since version 2.7). Since version 2.1.9 LinuxLibertine is also licensed under the OFL, which will clarify usability-conflicts.
The Libertine font files are available as both TTF (TrueType) and
OTF (OpenType) fonts. The Linux-compatible
LaTeX typesetting system
supports the Libertine fonts. See the Libertine
LaTeX document [PDF] for usage and installation instructions.
Libertine includes a wide variety of
Font Styles. Numerous languages are supported, and many special
characters are available.
For a look at some of the LaTeX accessible font characters, see the
glyph list document [PDF].
Version 2.7.9 of the Libertine font project was recently
This release adds hinting, which allows the fonts to be used with
Microsoft Word. Other changes include improved kern pairs for better
typography, some minor tweaks and some bug fixes.
The libertine fonts are available for download
here. The fonts come in a standard .tgz file which includes
all of the font collections as both .ttf and .otf files.
files are also available. Fontforge is an open-source outline font editor.
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