On 6/30/06, Nicolas Mailhot <nicolas.mailhot(a)laposte.net> wrote:
Le Ven 30 juin 2006 08:49, Callum Lerwick a écrit :
> On Fri, 2006-06-30 at 03:18 +0100, Dimitris Glezos wrote:
>> Having read the thread that was active 2+ weeks ago "Changing the
>> default font in Fedora Core 6" , I think that it's obvious that the
>> Best Thing™ would be to include DejaVu in Core as soon as possible.
> Yes, Fedora seems to be behind most other distributions in the area of
> fonts. I don't understand why.
I think the main reason is Red Hat has historically been not too
interested in the desktop. New fonts are seen by the Red Hat people in
charge more as a source of new support requests than as a way to improve
users experience (kind of sad given all the energy poured in the past in
BlueCurve for example, which was a way more dangerous project will much
<Old Man Support Speaking>
Well some of the most expensive (time consuming, hard to satisfy)
problems have been dealing with fonts and things like terminfo.
Corporate customers expect fonts to be 'exactly' what they saw on
whatever they used last. Trying to make sure that some java or motif
application didn't lose letters on some window because it expected the
world to be 75x75 X11R4 fonts caused a lot of heartburn for support at
times. Dealing with this every year or so makes you a bit gun shy
At least the reactions to the DejaVu proposal closely mirror the
discussion over Vera a few years back.
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