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Re: [PATCH] GSoC #10 new font engine (UTF-8 support+bugfix)

From: Colin D Bennett
Subject: Re: [PATCH] GSoC #10 new font engine (UTF-8 support+bugfix)
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2008 12:50:32 -0700

On Fri, 31 Oct 2008 18:31:31 +0000
"Matt Sturgeon" <address@hidden> wrote:

> will all these fonts be included in the next release of GRUB 2?

Probably not; the licenses may not be compatible with GPLv3.  These
fonts are ones that came with X.Org on my system, and I just exported
them to BDF files with 'xmbdfed' and then converted the BDF files to
PF2 files with the GRUB font converter.

Some of the fonts I used during my development of the graphical menu
system are from the "Artwiz" bitmap font collection, which is a set of
several fonts, but most all quite small in size (really no selection of
font size within a font).

I haven't spent a lot of time seeking out good free fonts that we could
include in GRUB.  I use the fabulous Liberation TrueType fonts on my
desktop, but these are outline fonts, not bitmap fonts.  I tried
creating a bitmap font from some decent TrueType outline fonts using
xmbdfed, but the results were quite ugly, so I gave up on that.


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