contributing new font package for xorg (fwd)

Jon Smirl jonsmirl at
Thu Aug 11 07:59:34 PDT 2005

On 8/11/05, Alan Coopersmith <Alan.Coopersmith at> wrote:
> Jon Smirl wrote:
> > So if xorg likes the font there is no trouble including in a X server
> > release right?
> There's also little benefit to doing so.   It will just be another tarball
> in the modular release directory for distributors to choose, and there isn't
> really much difference in picking that up from an mirror instead of
> a mirror.

The benefit of inclusion in Xorg signifies that the font has been
reviewed by X org developers and they feel that it has been built

There are a bunch of fonts out there that people are publishing. Many
of these are messed up in some manner. Inclusion in xorg works as a
filter to weed out the messed up fonts. While you and I can identify a
messed up font, many users can't tell and consequentially can't figure
out why their documents don't look right.

X is really lacking in font choices, we should do what we can to
encourage more choice.

> It might make some distributions more likely to consider packaging it, but
> won't force instant widespread distribution as putting bits into the old
> X.Org monolith used to.
> --
>         -Alan Coopersmith-           alan.coopersmith at
>          Sun Microsystems, Inc. - X Window System Engineering

Jon Smirl
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