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Re: Social Contract GR's Affect on sarge

On Mon, Apr 26, 2004 at 10:08:09PM +0200, Florian Weimer wrote:
> > I think that firmware is no different than any other program, and should
> > require source, but I'm not so sure about other types of software (such
> > as PNGs and fonts).
> Fonts are firmware.  They are little programs to be loaded into the
> printer (especially true of Type 3 fonts 8-).

I agree that fonts are tricky.  I'm not sure how to reconcile the fact
that fonts contain programs and we want source for programs[1], with the
practical fact that we may never in the foreseeable future have high-
quality fonts meeting that criteria.  It's a pragmatism vs. principles
boundary that I, at least, am having difficulty finding.

[1] while it may be debatable whether DFSG#2 applies to PNGs, I believe it
clearly and unambiguously applies to hinted fonts

Glenn Maynard

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