The Ubuntu font and a fresh look at open font licensing
Posted Oct 14, 2010 2:27 UTC (Thu) by rsidd
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simply examining the names, a user would have no idea that the DejaVu family is related to Liberation.
Which is fine because the DejaVu family is not related to Liberation. It is a derivative of the Bitstream Vera family. Says so right on the project page.. Vera was donated to the free software community by Bitstream under the condition that derivatives be renamed.
Liberation's goal was not so much professional appearance as size-wise compatibility with the usual Windows fonts: Times New Roman, Arial, Courier New. The Liberation Serif, Sans and Mono fonts are meant to be drop-in replacements for these, but look quite different (and, to my eyes, quite poor).
Meanwhile, the article entirely fails to mention Vera, which was the first professional-quality display font set available under a (more or less) free licence on Linux/X11. (Print quality postscript fonts were available, but displayed poorly on the screen.) It is a rather sloppy article by LWN standards.
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