[Xorg] Re: [Fontconfig] adding/distributing new fonts

Soon-Son Kwon ksoonson at gmail.com
Sat Aug 7 09:45:57 EST 2004

Thank you very much for the comments.

But still I do not fully understand how to add a new font
to the default xorg distribution. What is the detailed license
requirement? Alan's opinion is what I thought initially.

I think font is something like picture or novel which does not
need to be freely modified. The font designers won't like that though
some will. I remember that in the current xorg distribution,
modifiable/non-modifiable fonts are mixed. 

Here are some free font project in Korea.
1. http://kldp.net/projects/unfonts/ 
- almost ready to release within a week.
- current snapshot can be downloaded from
http://chem.skku.ac.kr/~wkpark/project/font/UnFonts/20040805/ )

2. http://kldp.net/projects/baekmuk/
- actual fonts are in cvs tree
- already included in many linux distributions including debian/gentoo/fedora

Can anyone please check if these fonts are ready to be included?
We are also planning to apply for government fund for commercial high quality
fonts so that we can purchase the whole rights including free redistribution.

If xorg distribution can hold more fonts for double-byte character users,
then it would benefit many many people.

Thanks very much.


On Fri, 06 Aug 2004 17:44:09 +0200, Nicolas Mailhot
<nicolas.mailhot at laposte.net> wrote:
> On ven, 2004-08-06 at 08:18 -0700, Alan Coopersmith wrote:
> > xorg at freedesktop.org is the mailing list for xorg, and would be a much
> > better place to discuss adding fonts to the X.Org distribution, so I've
> > cc'ed it.
> >
> > I believe the license requirements are that it be some sort of open source
> > license, but that the requirements for fonts are a bit looser than source
> > code.
> >
> > TrueType fonts are the currently preferred format.
> And of course the preferred way would be to have a single set of
> consistent truetype fonts with full unicode coverage.
> If everyone could just contribute glyphs to a single font family (the
> Vera fonts Bitstream liberated for gnome seems a good base) instead of
> multiplying fonts with partial coverage this would be better for all of
> us.
> Cheers,
> --
> Nicolas Mailhot


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