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Re: Default font: Transition from DejaVu to Noto

Hi Gunnar,

> Basically I'm asking if this move towards Noto is desirable and, if
> so, I plea for relevant input for the completion of the transition.

as has already been stated elsewhere, fontconfig upstream's move to
Noto as the default font has most probably not been done for
aesthetical reasons. That is, it is not the "most beautiful font" that
people "like better" then DejaVu, but the single usable fallback font
with the widest glyph coverage.

However, I think that the acceptance - or rather lack thereof - of the
Noto fonts in Debian has indeed to do with the way they are currently
packaged. There is no pendant to the fonts-dejavu-core package which
only installs the generic serif and sans-serif flavors. Instead, even
the fonts-noto-core package installs a full pack of 268 (!) font files.
This is discussed in detail in #983291 [1].

So, if asked for my personal opinion, I could live with DejaVu Mono as
the default monospace font (for aesthetical reasons) and Noto Sans and
Serif as the default sans-serif and serif fonts (for pragmatic
reasons), respectively, but only if the latter are packaged separately.


 - Fabian

[1] https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=983291

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