> I am an ameature font designer, and I am currently working on a standard
> non sarif typeface that I would like to release specifically for the
> (full character set complete with proper hinting and kerning/metrics). I
> there is a lack of high quality fonts which have liscenses open enough
> in Linux distros.
I have several questions about this. First, there are several decent fonts with
free licenses; look at these Debian packages: gsfonts, ttf-thryomanes,
and xfonts-scalable. <http://bibliofile.mc.duke.edu/gww/fonts/fonts.html>
also has some
nice free fonts, but nobody has packaged them yet. I have not had a chance
examine your work, but I'm slightly skeptical about an amateur font
designer doing much
better. (Some of these could use some work, which I'm sure would be greatly
Part of Linux's font problem has been the font technology more than fonts.
Secondly, you're offering a "full character set". A "full character set" of
font would have at least 70,000 glyphs; a usable one, with all character
alternate glyph forms needed for Japanese, among others, would probably
100,000 glyphs. Such a font has never been created by even the largest
can't be created as one file with TrueType.
If by "full character set", you mean CP1252, let me point out that Linux is
For a font to be really useful, it would be nice for it to cover MES-2 or
MES-3 <http://www.evertype.com/standards/iso10646/pdf/cwa13873.pdf>, which
cover most of the
characters for Europe without needing a familiarity with Eastern languages
You might want to look at <http://www.freesoftware.fsf.org/freefont/>; this
project to produce some nice complete fonts for Unix.
Projects that I think would be nice to see:
1. Of the Microsoft web fonts, we don't have a free Comic Sans lookalike.
It would be nice
to get something similar, without of course ripping off Microsoft's font.
2. There's also many fairly common font styles out there not supported by
enhancing the number of distinctive yet multipurpose fonts with Linux is
(See the Duke site above for some examples.)
3. Arabic and Indic languages (which will need OpenType) are more or less
Linux. Impossible to do right unless you're familar with the languages, though.
4. There are large blocks of unsupported Unicode characters; the AMS is
producing a free math font, but there are large stretches of technical
and a bunch of syllblaries and alphabets (both in the BMP and Plane 1) to
do. For the
more ambitious, there's Plane 2 (50,000 Chinese Ideographs).
> 1. What sort of liscense should I release it under? I would like it to
> changeable, distributable, sellable, ect. with the condition that a
> file accompanies the distribution.
There's been endless debates about whether or not such license are free.
license is a nice license, if you aren't worried about people taking it
The GPL (see the GSFonts for an additional tag that may or may not be
also a nice font for this. Please don't take Jim Gettys advice; I find it
when Russians or Ukranians or Cherokee can add to a font and not have to
name. Also, Debian doesn't consider the Lucidux license free.
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