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Re: Default font: Transition from DejaVu to Noto

On 2023-09-10 17:34, The Wanderer wrote:
I am not sure why DejaVu is the alternative default under

Prior to the switch to Noto, the default preferred font family
(listed first in /etc/fonts/conf.d/60-latin.conf) was not DejaVu;
that was, as it still is, listed as the second preference. The font
family listed as the first preference was Bitstream Vera.

The explanation is that upstream dropped Bitstream Vera separately.


And even if upstream was not very clear about the reason, the Debian bug <https://bugs.debian.org/998284> provides some reasons.

So compared with bullseye you can say that Bitstream Vera was replaced with Noto in 60-latin.conf.

If the intended design is that people who prefer one of the
lower-priority entries in the 60-latin.conf lists should remove the
packages that provide the fonts listed with higher preference
priority, then it seems problematic for the former highest-priority
option to be omitted entirely.

Nah.. If you want to use a font — any font — other than the one Debian promotes as "default", you can for instance

* prefer it in a code snippet in ~/.config/fontconfig/conf.d (some desktops provide GUIs for the purpose)

* cherry pick it in respective application

That is true irrespective of whether it's mentioned in 60-latin.conf or not. No need to uninstall anything only for that reason.

Gunnar Hjalmarsson

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