If you happen to be in the beautiful city of Berlin for LinuxTag in a few days, don't miss "OpenSource-Fonts – Bedeutung und Nutzen von freien Schrifttypen in Theorie und Praxis" by the authors of LinuxLibertine. (If you don't understand deu aka German: it's "Open fonts – meaning and usage of libre fonts in theory and practise").
Linux Libertine and Linux Biolinum are truly amazing open font projects with plenty of smart font features (including TeX integration). No doubt this represents a huge amount of work. Well-worth checking out and contributing to.
At the request of Sumana Harihareswara, editor of GNOME journal, (and with her help) I've written "Fonts in GNOME 3: Cantarell, Tweaking, and Trailblazing" for the special GNOME3 edition. It's an overview of the significant changes happening in GNOME3 building on the past few years of efforts along with some tips on tweaking fonts and a look at the upcoming challenges and opportunities. Hope you find it useful !
Looks like webOS - the new promising OS for phones, tablets and more - has released a new SDK but the licensing of the fonts included remain unclear: the SDK EULA and the font metadata don't really indicate if HP has chosen to release the fonts commissioned for this platform under a libre font software license or not.
From what I can see in the Virtualbox image used in the 2.1 SDK, the core fonts from Ascender have their usual agreement "You may not use this font software on more than five personal computers unless you have obtained a license from Ascender to do so. Except as specifically permitted by the license, you may not copy this font software." but the external license it may refer to is missing. And more importantly, the very nice Prelude font family specifically commissioned for the platform from David Berlow from the Font Bureau has copyright and trademark statements but no license. No details on the dedicated open source subdomain either.
Webos maintainers have indicated what languages the Prelude font currently supports. They should consider clarifying the EULA they want to attach to these fonts. Allowing the fonts to be modified - and explicitely stating so - will help with language coverage and increase the value of the webos platform in a very competitive space...
It's a good thing to be able to have a device where you can choose to install applications outside of a tightly controlled single broker's delivery channel (and obviously be responsible for checking these apps are not malware). That's why I like Android's f-droid and how, unlike all the other fancy delivery channels, it doesn't conveniently hide the license chosen by the software author(s) under some euphemism but actually spells it out clearly (MIT, GPLv2, GPLv3+, Apache2, AGPL, etc) and provides a link to the source and the upstream project website.
I've recently heard about a few upstream open fonts projects (released under the Open Font License) which stand out: Haripunchai, Amiri, Crimson Text, Heuristika, News Cycle, Xits, Merryweather, Pecita and various open fonts from OSP.
Check out the upstream sites for all the details and information about the original authors.
Raphaël Hertzog has published a very good interview of Christian Perrier (aka bubulle) where you'll find insights among other things into the localization work going on in Debian and the mention of promising work happening in various "minority" languages like Uyghur, Northern Sami or Dzongkha and of course the now traditional Cheese&Wine parties at DebConf.
A big thank you to Christian for all your tireless work, for your kindness, for mentoring me and others in the pkg-fonts team and for helping improve the overall font situation in Debian and beyond!
Discuss among yourselves...
After the various mentions of LibreOffice's new font-related features in version 3.3 new feature highlights : embedding, the new Narrow weight for Liberation and the whole Libertine G and Biolinum G smart open fonts, it's interesting to see the improvements to the font menu.
Interesting to see the good folks at Mozilla, more specifically the Websites Task Force, looking at commissionning an open font for their various websites: "still in the process of selecting a font foundry for this project" ... "After picking a foundry the design process will start and could be done as soon as Q2." .
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