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The Ubuntu font and a fresh look at open font licensing

The Ubuntu font and a fresh look at open font licensing

Posted Oct 14, 2010 14:37 UTC (Thu) by n8willis (subscriber, #43041)
In reply to: The Ubuntu font and a fresh look at open font licensing by rsidd
Parent article: The Ubuntu font and a fresh look at open font licensing

Yeah, that got accidentally linked together from a previously longer discussion of the other commissioned-from-commercial-foundry fonts. The point, however, remains exactly the same: the older fonts were designed, released, then official development on them just stopped. Vera included.

That is the part that makes Ubuntu's -- and DM's -- ongoing development plan different; they are continuing to add scripts and community-developed glyphs.

Moving forward, the decision to continue to develop the UFF is what distinguishes it from Vera -- as well as Droid, Liberation, and the others in that category, which used the deliver-once-then-forget model. For all the general talk about the ills of proprietary software houses dumping code "over the wall" it's puzzling why the FLOSS community took it for granted that it should accept fonts in the same manner.

Nate


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The Ubuntu font and a fresh look at open font licensing

Posted Oct 14, 2010 15:42 UTC (Thu) by rahulsundaram (subscriber, #21946) [Link]

Vera, Liberation etc continues to get updates fairly frequently. Not sure what the complaint is all about. More details please.

The Ubuntu font and a fresh look at open font licensing

Posted Oct 14, 2010 16:00 UTC (Thu) by n8willis (subscriber, #43041) [Link]

You can check their glyph coverage in Fontmatrix or Fontaine and see for yourself.

Example: LiberationSans-Regular.ttf today - 655 character count. LiberationSans-Regular.ttf 1.03.90 from 2008 (oldest available package at https://fedorahosted.org/releases/l/i/liberation-fonts/) - 662.

Vera today: 256. Vera in 2003 (via http://ftp.gnome.org/pub/GNOME/sources/ttf-bitstream-vera...): 256.

Nate

The Ubuntu font and a fresh look at open font licensing

Posted Oct 15, 2010 6:39 UTC (Fri) by rahulsundaram (subscriber, #21946) [Link]

Liberation does have a increase. It is open for contributions. Instead of Vera, look at Dejavu. Noone uses Vera anymore.


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