contributing new font package for xorg (fwd)

Qianqian Fang fangq at
Thu Aug 11 11:16:41 PDT 2005

hi all

thank you for the intensive discussions on our font. The major reason for 
trying to contribute this font to xorg instead of recommending it to various 
distributions is that the font issue is always one of the biggest headaches 
for most CJK users (if you are one of them, you may feel so too). This 
happened for almost all distributions. I think xorg is the most fundamental 
and efficient solution for solving this issue: the CJK users, a big growing 
sector while somewhat being ignored, get fundamental but nice font support on 
their linux boxes and enjoying more of their freedom. On the other hand, to 
create this font is seriously thousands of hours of works (just count our 
15,000 new glyphs and tens of thousands of modified glyphs, not mentioning 
other previous works). From our perspective, let xorg distribute it is the 
best way to value the contributions of our team members. And also, to let the 
open-source community get this package as early as possible, it will have 
more opportunities to grow and do more good for the community.

So, I think this are bilateral benefits, and I don't think a few megabytes 
more space is a issue here (given the intensive works we have spent, as well 
as the quality of the font).

I have sent inquiry to Dave at FSF about the license issue, i will let you 
guys know his feedback. As far as our goals are the same - serving the 
open-source community - there are always something we can do to make this 

thank you.


On Thursday 11 August 2005 10:42, Alan Coopersmith wrote:
> 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.
> 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.

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