Posted Oct 15, 2010 11:15 UTC (Fri) by rsidd (subscriber, #2582)
In contrast, Microsoft's Verdana was originally designed specifically for screen-rendering, and the Bitstream Vera / DejaVu family likewise. Prior to Vera, Linux users had the options of bitmap X fonts, which were fine but not scalable; or the "standard" Type1 font versions from URW (Times, Helvetica, etc) which looked fuzzy (when antialiased) or blocky (when not antialiased) on screen. Vera changed that, and (under the name DejaVu) remains the standard on most linux systems. Also, linux users commonly install the MS "core fonts", but these aren't included with distros and their legal status may be unclear (Microsoft no longer offers them for free download).
From what I have seen, the Ubuntu font renders very nicely on the screen.
Posted Oct 15, 2010 12:58 UTC (Fri) by yosch (guest, #4675)
Some come with the needed glue files to work in the earlier TeX systems but thankfully newer generations of TeX engine (XeTex, pdfTex, LuaTex, etc) handle TrueType/OpenType formats natively. Well-worth checking out.
Posted Oct 15, 2010 15:34 UTC (Fri) by davecrossland (guest, #70649)
Posted Oct 19, 2010 13:48 UTC (Tue) by Seegras (guest, #20463)
On a related note, XeLaTeX has just about the best OpenType-support I've ever seen.
Eat this, OpenOffice.
How come, by the way, DejaVu isn't available as OTF?
Posted Oct 22, 2010 8:22 UTC (Fri) by yosch (guest, #4675)
The past releases offer better support for OpenType and there is also a very useful Graphite Font Extension for OpenOffice.org by Keith Stribley from ThanLwinSoft to allow greater control over the integrated Graphite renderer.
László Németh presented his impressive work on using Graphite's font features capabilities in OOo
via a branch of the Linux Libertine
open font called Magyar Linux Libertine G
and a dedicated Typography tool extension. The development was supported by FSF.hu Foundation, Hungary.
Posted Oct 19, 2010 14:02 UTC (Tue) by davecrossland (guest, #70649)
Posted Oct 22, 2010 8:07 UTC (Fri) by yosch (guest, #4675)
AFAICT very experienced and prominent people in the the TeX community went through a tough time struggling with various aspects of the licensing issues.
These fonts are now under the project-specific Gust Font License and the LPPL:
Notice the following conclusion describing the now deprecated project and organisation-specific licenses created in the interim on http://www.gust.org.pl/projects/e-foundry/licenses
"The Historical Part
As of September 15, 2006 the licenses described hereunder are not in use. This part of the site will be left as is for historical reasons. Perhaps some day A Cautionary Tale: Think Thrice Before Trying to Create Your Own License might be written and then it will become clear why GUST no longer thinks that GFSL and GFNSL are adequate licenses."
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