contributing new font package for xorg (fwd)

Jon Smirl jonsmirl at
Wed Aug 10 16:08:26 PDT 2005

On 8/10/05, Jesse Barnes <jbarnes at> wrote:
> On Wednesday, August 10, 2005 3:48 pm, Ely Levy wrote:
> > It's not really a new fact or so, It says so in the fsf FAQ
> > they even wrote an experimental clause that you can add to the
> > license to fix that problem. (Somehow I don't feel safe using
> > experimental legal things on important work but that just me...).
> Probably a good idea to insert the clause and make things clear at any
> rate, do you have a pointer to the language?

Is this really an xorg problem? It is the pdf app that embeds the font
in the file, not xorg. You run into the same issues using proprietary
fonts and pdf apps that embed fonts in the file. Hopefully that pdf
app doing the embedding alerts you to what is happening.

I would think that the only issue is whether xorg can distribute a GPL
font as part of it's package that is primarily MIT licensed without
infecting everything to become GPL. Isn't that dealt with by keeping
the GPL code isolated and clearly labeled? Fonts don't get linked into
the codebase.

Given xorg's lack of fonts we should consider every one that we can get.

Jon Smirl
jonsmirl at

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