[newb] Will xorg still allow non-hal config?

Nicolas Mailhot nicolas.mailhot at laposte.net
Mon Dec 1 05:05:24 PST 2008

Le Lun 1 décembre 2008 13:44, Olivier Galibert a écrit :
> On Mon, Dec 01, 2008 at 01:40:57PM +0100, Nicolas Mailhot wrote:
>> As usual, people who care about something are free to maintain it in
>> good shape, since this is how free software works.
> What is there to maintain, exactly?

Fonts are not generated out of thin hair and they need to be updated
to keep up with the environment.

Environment changes can be changes in encoding standards (unicode is
still evolving and even low-level hardware stuff such as USB
identifiers uses unicode), changes in font formats (use the same
format as everyone else if you want to tap in the common maintenance
pool), changes in hardware capabilities (hardware pixel density is not
a physical constant and any change there invalidates the existing pool
of bitmap fonts).

If you think there's nothing to maintain don't complain if maintenance
is not done and things break in a few years. Fonts require maintenance
just like every other part of the software stack.

Nicolas Mailhot

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