Speedo fonts - Are they still supported?
Mike A. Harris
mharris at www.linux.org.uk
Wed Apr 13 14:53:41 PDT 2005
Roland Mainz wrote:
>>After chatting with others a bit, nobody seemed to know why
>>speedo no longer works, so I dug into it deeper and discovered
> That issue was debated long long ago what we should do with the old
> rasterizers (Speedo, PS Type1 etc.). For Speedo the issue was that AFAIK
> no new fonts were made within the last 10 (or more) years, TrueType has
> AFAIK superset all of it's functionality, a couple of Unicies (AFAIK
> Solaris and AIX) dropped support for Speedo fonts and all the Speedo
> far it made sense to get rid of it to save some bytes in the Xserver
Ah yes, this does sound sensible.
> fonts distributed at X.org are available as PS Type1 fonts, too.
Available as Type1 fonts that accompany Xorg, or 3rd party? I never
noticed before either way, so just trying to confirm.
I think we will probably remove the .spd font files from our
distribution either way, as that seems to make the most sense
with the above info.
>>Since we are seeing several people reporting bugs now, that fonts
>>that previously worked fine, no longer work, this was kindof
>>surprising because X.Org still supplies these fonts *and* installs
>>them by default.
>>I have no strong feelings either way as to wether this gets fixed
>>by re-enabling speedo font support, or by preventing the speedo fonts
>>from getting installed and/or removing them from CVS, as there have
>>only been a few people file bug reports.
> Fixing the "make install" to not installing the Speedo fonts when the
> Speedo font rasterizer is not build is fine (erm... we may run into
> trouble with Xvnc unless that Xserver has Egbert's code to drop font
> path elements with invalid/unsupported content) - but those fonts should
> not be removed until the same is done with the xc/lib/font/speedo/
Agreed, this sounds like the best solution for the Xorg tree.
> I'd like to avoid killing the code for now until it is clear
> whether the FreeType2 library gets Speedo support or not - once they
> made a final decision the fate of the Speedo rasterizer+fonts should be
> debated here.
That's reasonable I guess.
> Another issue is whether the Speedo fonts shipped in the X.org tree
> should be replaced with PS Type1 versions of the same fonts - does
> anyone know whether this will trigger any licensing issues ?
I've attached the COPYRIGHT file from the Speedo dir in XFree86 4.3.0,
which I happened to have laying around. IANAL, but my interpretation
of the license seems that it would permit modification and
redistribution. Changing font types would fit under "modification"
Anyone up to the task of converting to Type1 or TTF? Type1 is
probably superior for this particular case.
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