[Openfontlibrary] new release of the Ubuntu titling font
grilo at centroin.com.br
Wed Jan 2 14:58:37 PST 2008
On 02/01/2008, at 07:53, Nicolas Spalinger wrote:
> Jon Phillips wrote:
>> Cool...can you bring them into the fold and/or work with them to
>> this all into the public domain or under OFL?
>> Cool! I think it would be great to get more of these fonts added
>> to our
>> site as well, and we can help to promote them!
> Yep, impressive work on the new release.
> And notice how font sources (FontLab) and the build script are also
> released. A very good sign :)
yes, it is important to note that designers don't need to work
exclusively with free tools to collaborate with free software projects.
the build script is not functional, since it uses functions from a
module which is not publicly available. nothing that prevents anyone
from working on the font using his own tools though.
> I'm re-contacting upstream - The Ubuntu/Canonical folks - to advocate
> officially hosting the "trunk" and the related project information
> somewhere (OFLB?) and allowing for the various interesting branches
> there to be known and possibly merged back. A source repository and a
> FONTLOG are really needed IMHO. Of course I'll promote collaborative
> design through the OFL instead of the LGPL which is much more
> adapted to
> fonts not to mention readability.
i don't think any of this is necessary to guarantee more work on the
font. quite the opposite – it obscures type-design issues with
technical complications, making it more difficult for designers to
more important, in my oppinion, would be to get ressources and pay
christian (or another *skilled* type-designer) for continuing the
work on the font.
> Andy Fitzsimon as the original designer was willing to relicense so
> his project can be community-maintained (AFAICT he is not
> maintaining it
> anymore). IIRC Dennis Jacquerye was working on improving it at some
> point as well.
> This font is also linked to the visual identity of various products
> also Ubuntu's trademark so it needs discussion by the copyright
> I'll let you know what is being decided.
> Nicolas Spalinger
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