2 Apr 2000 Gimptek   » (Journeyer)

Just having a few thoughts about open source. An opensource type foundry just came into my mind. I was just visiting Shy Fonts and I thought, hey why don't we get some type people together and do this.

Good fonts are kinda hard to find. There are some good "freeware fonts" but, that's not open. Shyfonts is a great example of this. Shyfonts puts out great, high quality fonts. They are hand kerned (spacing between the letters for those that don't know) and most incredibly, include the fullset done. What I mean is that if you get the Williamette font, the package usually includes Strong (otherwise known as bold), Oblique (Italic) and Condensed versions and combinations of two of the three yields about 8 different hand-made fonts for typeface. They even have outlines of the fonts sometimes. The site is a very good design. Simple to the point. I'm telling you, high quality stuff. Go check them out at Shy Fonts.

Linux and all of the opensource projects need something like that but, on a user contributionary basis. This is total ripoff of what I was reading on slashdot today by someone but, VA or someone should start a repository of art and media useful to people making programs. This is arguably just as important (or since it hasn't been done and needs to be done, more important) as any software project right now.

So important, I'm going to start it right now. I keep saying stuff and saying stuff but this is something I can do right now. I'm going to sourceforge and starting this project. I have a couple of things that would be useful and I think should go up there. One piece of artwork right off the top of my head are these trees that Tigert did in fractal format in Gimp a while back. Cool stuff. Couldn't get it to work in my version of gimp but, that's alright if I have his file. Just have to get premission to use it now.

Thanks to Rasputin and joey for boosting me up to an apprentice. It's incredible to have people respond to my journal entry so fast. It's really corny but, the fact that there are other people out there is incredible. It's the internet and all but, I requested something and someone came and helped me. If someone needed something, I'll be there to help now. At the heart, isn't that what opensource is all about? The freedom to ultimately help each other, whether with source code or just a good deed?

I can post now, I'll be active but, respectful of my new power.

I'm off to sourceforge now.

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