[Bug 845712] missing base fonts if no DE is installed

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Fri Aug 24 14:59:25 UTC 2012


--- Comment #10 from Nicolas Mailhot <nicolas.mailhot at laposte.net> ---
(In reply to comment #7)

> Maybe we should have a @base-fonts group
> to help people that refuse/don't install @fonts?

What would be the point? The default packages in @fonts are already those
supposed to be vetted by i18n to get the language coverage of a Fedora default
install. If we manage @fonts defaults properly, there is no reason to cut down
@fonts except if someone wants less than our default coverage, and in that case
they can put the font packages they want in their kickstart manually.

The nice thing about the current system is that trying to set up a spin or
custom install without @fonts is not transparent for technical persons that
live in ASCII land all day round. If they remove @fonts they have to select the
font packages to replace it or the install is broken for them too, and at this
point most realise it's not a good idea to mess with font defaults unless you
have a very good idea of the language coverage you target and of the properties
of the available fonts. Clean breakage is a lot better than semi-breakage that
can only occurs in specific locales, or when rendering people names

If we had a latin font fallback somewhere we'd get a lot of broken spins
i18n-wise: they'd snip @fonts as part of slimming down, don't notice the
breakage for their own use, and by the time the spin was finalised and pushed
to users that did need the coverage it would be too late.

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