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Posted Oct 15, 2010 15:34 UTC (Fri) by davecrossland (guest, #70649)
In reply to: TeX by sytoka
Parent article: The Ubuntu font and a fresh look at open font licensing

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Posted Oct 19, 2010 13:48 UTC (Tue) by Seegras (guest, #20463) [Link]


On a related note, XeLaTeX has just about the best OpenType-support I've ever seen.

\fontspec[Ligatures={Common, Rare}]{Baskerville}

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) [Link]

Actually, Libre/ is nicely catching up in terms of smart font features and advanced typography:

The past releases offer better support for OpenType and there is also a very useful Graphite Font Extension for 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 Foundation, Hungary.


Posted Oct 19, 2010 14:02 UTC (Tue) by davecrossland (guest, #70649) [Link]

DejaVu was published with quadratic (TTF) outlines and no OpenType features; an OTF is a font with cubic outlines and perhaps some OpenType features.


Posted Oct 22, 2010 8:07 UTC (Fri) by yosch (guest, #4675) [Link]

It's worth pointing out that the LM fonts are another indicator of the big complexities of getting font licensing done right and somewhat a warning for the problems inherent in trying to build your own community-specific model.

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

"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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