On 25 June 2013 13:36, Fabian Greffrath <fabian(a)greffrath.com> wrote:
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Hello Pravin Satpute et al.,
I am one of the maintainers of the liberation-fonts package in Debian (it
is called fonts-liberation there ) and I am a bit concerned about the
current state of development and the future of these fonts. I have read
that the new release 2.00.1 based on Google Crosscore fonts has been
defered from Fedora 18 because of rendering regressions . However, since
then development has apparently stopped in the GIT repository .
As you might have already read. Though Liberation 1.0 and Liberation 2.0
has same outline in source files the difference is the Hinting
instructions. Hinting instructions differ in both. Due to community
preferring old Liberation 1.0 hinting. Decision is made to go with
Have these rendering regressions been identified? Are they going to get
addressed in the fonts or in other parts of the font rendering stack?
Yes, Regression was identified.
In fact i am also thinking on this line. We have couple of bugs pending
 in Fedora against Liberation 1.0 to add some more characters. At the
same time the same characters are already available in Liberation 2.0.
Problem is Liberation 1.0 and 2.0 License are incompatible (OFL and
Liberation) so we can't copy Liberation 2.0 huge glyph set to Liberation
1. Tweak/Modify Liberation 2.0 hinting instructions to match Liberation
1.0. That is big task
2. Adding more glyphs to Liberation 1.0, this is also big one.
Presently nothing is happening on this both option.
Will there be another release of the liberation-fonts in the short term or
have these fonts been defered altogether in favor of another font family?
No. Liberation 1.0 is not deferred in favor of other font. Since there is
no alternative font providing same crisp hinting effect and same time have
more glyph coverage. Fedora still uses Liberation 1.0 and if there are any
major bugs upstream is ready to fix and make new releases.
What version of Liberation does Debian ships presently?