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Finding and using free fonts

Finding and using free fonts

Posted Jan 22, 2009 17:29 UTC (Thu) by allesfresser (subscriber, #216)
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Whatever happened to the URW-donated Type 1 fonts that mirror the PostScript standard 35 set?


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Finding and using free fonts

Posted Jan 22, 2009 18:15 UTC (Thu) by nim-nim (subscriber, #34454) [Link]

They've some of the most forked fonts, appearing in a dozen different forms (or more) in your average distro.

Unfortunately none of the forkers ever tried to consolidate this mess (like DejaVu did for the Vera derivatives), so the result is underwhelming. Many similar fonts with different problems usually still in the dying Type1 format.

The latest iteration is TEX Gyre which might have been it (modern format, good quality), if the GUST people had not blown the licensing bit big time.

Finding and using free fonts

Posted Jan 22, 2009 21:21 UTC (Thu) by nim-nim (subscriber, #34454) [Link]

BTW, some web sites run surveys to try to find out what fonts are actually deployed on user systems

http://www.codestyle.org/css/font-family/sampler-UnixResu...
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Linux_fonts_on_the_web:_CSS...

It's interesting to see Liberation has almost caught up with Arial on Unix systems.

Font usage measures

Posted Jan 23, 2009 0:01 UTC (Fri) by ncm (subscriber, #165) [Link]

Debian's "popularity-contest" package logs font package installation. Of course none of these measures say which are actually used. It's been many years since I used the Nimbus or URW fonts installed, somehow, on all my machines. I might have expunged them if the space cost anything.


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