contributing new font package for xorg (fwd)

Jon Smirl jonsmirl at
Wed Aug 10 20:50:31 PDT 2005

On 8/10/05, Jesse Barnes <jbarnes at> wrote:
> On Wednesday, August 10, 2005 4:08 pm, Jon Smirl wrote:
> > 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.
> It sounds like a font problem, and since Xorg has traditionally
> distributed some fonts (along with their licensing trouble), it's
> definitely related.
> > 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.
> No problem there, I think.

So if xorg likes the font there is no trouble including in a X server
release right?

These issues about embedding GPL fonts into documents, while valid,
just don't have anything to do with the decision on whether the font
can be included in xorg.

So wouldn't the next step be to have one of our resident font experts
(Keith, Owen, etc) check out the font and let us know what they think?
We do need to make sure that the font files contain the proper

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

Jon Smirl
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