Open source fonts

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| If you’ve ever gone looking for legitimately free fonts, you’ve probably
| found that there are a lot of really bad ones. But there’s also a lot of
| discussion out there about “open source fonts.”
| Some who post about open source fonts are really just talking about
| free-as-in-beer typefaces. Some, however, have embraced the open source
| philosophy as applied to typography.

Liberation Fonts Installation Script


Liberation Fonts

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| The first release is a set of fully usable fonts, but they will
| lack the fully hinting capability (hinting adjusts font pixelization
| so that the fonts render with high quality at large and small sizes)
| provided by TrueType/FreeType technology. That release is now ready.
| The second release will provide full hinting of the fonts, and that
| release will be available by the end of the calendar year.

Microsoft, Apple extend font licensing agreement

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| Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp.said Thursday they have renewed their
| font licensing agreement. Financial terms weren't disclosed. Under
| the agreement, Apple users will have ongoing use of the latest
| versions of Microsoft Windows core fonts, the companies said.

Microsoft's forgotten [fonts] monopoly

Checking out the new Open Font Library

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| Up until the last few years, typefaces were a neglected aspect in
| FOSS. However, the increased popularity of the GNU/Linux desktop and
| the emergence of software for designers is changing that. "The whole
| vectorization of the desktop with Inkscape is really doing a
| beautification of the desktop," Phillips says. In such an atmosphere,
| the OFL looks like an idea whose time has come.

Visual comparison of major OS's font rendering

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| ...Linux's myth of bad font rendering is finally over.

Interview with David Turner of Freetype

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| If the patent owner of hinting gives the Freetype project a free license,
| would you accept it?
| David Turner: It really depends on the terms of this "free license".
| Basically if it means the patent can not be freely re-licensed to other
| people, I really don't see why I would find that useful. If you
| absolutely need the bytecode interpreter, you can be patient and wait
| for October 9, 2009, when the patents expire.
| [...]
| There is no clear answer as to what is best. Personally, I can't stand
| native TrueType hinted fonts anymore, they look too distorted to me,
| even if their contrast is better. My favorite Linux distribution is
| Ubuntu at the moment, and the first thing I do after installing it is
| to wipe the version of FreeType provided with it to get rid of the
| bytecode interpreter )
| Also, I still don't understand why Debian and Ubuntu keep
| distributing patent-infringing code in FreeType, while they keep
| MP3 and DVD playback out of their normal installs. I'm not even
| sure it's DFSG compliant...

Improving Linux font rasterization?

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| While the discussion continues it looks like that in the long term the major
| toolkits have to get together to talk about implementing the mentioned
| techniques. Or, as suggested by David, a initiative dedicated to bringing
| patches upstream is launched. It could try to work with upstream on the one
| hand, but with the distributors on the other hand - if the users see the
| results because the distributions include the patches it might help
| influencing the decision of upstream. * * *
| But there is no way of reaching perfect font rasterization with changes in
| FreeType only.

3 Examples of Bad Microsoft Word Typography

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| From the makers of Arial, here are three examples of bad typography in
| Microsoft Word. Bad typesetting in Word finds its way into résumés, business
| plans, research papers, government documents, even published books. These
| small inconsistencies and imperfections may be un-noticible in small doses, *
| but paragraph-after-paragraph they stack up—resulting in ugly,
| visually-incohesive documents. Word isn’t for professional typography work,
| but that’s no excuse for these typography sins. * *