Some people have been recently talking about free Unicode
fonts. It might interesting them to learn of the ucs-
fonts project - which has extended many standard X11
fonts to a decent Unicode range. Soon, the -Adobe- pixel
fonts will also be ready to a quite large range.
If you have XFree86 4.0, you already have these fonts, and
a UTF-8 supporting xterm. Just type "xterm -u8 -fn 9x18u"
and lo! This doesn't support CJK or combining characters,
but you can get a patch for
that, which hopefully will be integrated into the standard
Obviously this doesn't support Indic scripts, however works
in ongoing on support for
Indic scripts in Pango, and will hopefully be ready for
1.0, along with a decent selection of pixel fonts for :
Devanagari, Bengali, Gurmukhi, Burmese, Gujarati, Oriya,
and possibly other scripts.
OpenType support is more confusing, and something I'd
prefer not to have to do on my own. If anyone is interested
in collaborating on this issue, I'd strongly recommend
getting on the appropriate mailing lists, including
fonts@xfree86, and the linux-utf8.
Some folk also might be interested to learn a stab at a free
TrueType font editor exits. The main thing missing from
this is hinting. All that is needed for OpenType is editors
for Numerous Tables.