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

Olivier Galibert galibert at pobox.com
Mon Dec 1 05:36:00 PST 2008

On Mon, Dec 01, 2008 at 02:05:24PM +0100, Nicolas Mailhot wrote:
> 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),

The bdf fonts use unicode.

> changes in font formats (use the same
> format as everyone else if you want to tap in the common maintenance
> pool),

You plan to change bdf/pcf?

> changes in hardware capabilities (hardware pixel density is not
> a physical constant and any change there invalidates the existing pool
> of bitmap fonts).

Bitmaps don't change.  A 12pt bitmap font at 100dpi is a 8pt font at
150dpi and a 6pt at 200dpi.

> 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.

Looking at the git changelog for adobe-100dpi you're way overstating
the number of changes.


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