Malayalam rendering issues in Fedora 8.

Santhosh Thottingal santhosh00 at
Fri Apr 25 15:42:14 UTC 2008

I agree with Manilal.
The Debian based distros are already using traditional script fonts
and Malayalam Computer users are more familiar with traditional script
fonts like Meera or Rachana. Rachana is the default font in Ubuntu and
Debian for Malayalam.
Famous Malayalam news portals recommend Meera too.
Making a typewriter font as default font makes the Malayalam interface ugly.


On 4/25/08, Manilal K M <libregeek at> wrote:
> Hello all,
>  I have updated lohit-fonts-malayalam(Version 2.1.9) in Fedora 8, and
> it seems that still there are issues in rendering. However these
> issues are not noticed when using other unicode fonts. The Fedora
> community is on the brim of a brand new release and it would be really
> nice to see all the issues resolved.
> I have uploaded the screenshots here:
> Basically the fonts looks ugly(see the items 5 and 4 in the image).
> There are also critical rendering errors(items 1, 2 and 3 in the
> image). Please compare it with the page rendered using Meera font. The
> system is installed with the latest pango(pango-1.18.4) and  I am sure
> that the above issues are due to the bug in Lohit fonts, because the
> issues in pango are now completely fixed.
> I believe that the traditional fonts, which is very much familiar to
> the Malayalees makes more sense in computers. The typewriter fonts
> were developed in
> an effort to ease the typesetting in printing press and it may not be
> relevant in computers.
> If the bugs are not resolved within the timeframe, at least consider
> making the Meera fonts(it's already in Fedora 9 repo) mandatory for
> Malayalam Language support in F9 and remove lohit-fonts-malayalam as a
> prerequisite for applications such as
> I wish F9 would be the first GNU/Linux distribution with error-free
> Malayalam rendering and interface(80% translation of GNOME is
> completed)
> regards
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