Posted Jun 20, 2012 17:33 UTC (Wed) by walex
In reply to: Linux Libertine
Parent article: Liberation fonts and the tricky task of internationalization
«commercial fonts are of higher quality than the community-built fonts».
Does that perception really exist for Linux Libertine? It's one of the most beautiful general-use fonts that I know (including for-pay fonts).
Here almost certainly "quality" refers to "on-screen quality", that is how well the font renders at much low DPI than printing.
This used to require extensive hinting, especially for TrueType fonts, and hinting TTF used to require special expensive tools, and a large amount of tedious work, and thus as a rule only commercial fonts, like the Microsoft Web Fonts, were well-hinted.
Various Linux suppliers have been in recent years paying foundries to improve the hinting of the fonts they sponsor, the free FontForge tool now makes hinting easier, and as a result some freeware fonts are not somewhat well hinted for low DPI, notably DejaVu, in my impression.
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