Adobe has released the latest build of its Adobe Font Development Kit for OpenType (AFDKO), a collection of command-line utilities and scripts for testing, validating, and manipulating OpenType font files. But a surprise in this latest update is that Linux packages are available for the first time. AFDKO is a valuable resource, but don't look for it to be packaged by distributions or other open source projects just yet; the license agreement prohibits some important freedoms, such as reverse-engineering or attempting to "discover the source code." Since many of the utilities are Python or Bash scripts, such prohibitions are perplexing if taken at face value, but a real license change is still in order before AFDKO would be compatible with most free software.
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