On 10/27/2013 03:37 PM, Steven Walling wrote:
Many FOSS communities have dealt with the trade off
fonts and freedom by commissioning foundries to get their own free fonts.
See also: Ubuntu, Android, and more. I've talked to the design team about
this idea, including perhaps getting a foundry to donate a unique font
stack in exchange for the publicity they'd get.
Do we really need our own, or are there already quality free fonts we
can list? Has the design team taken a good look at the existing free fonts?
My general position is that it is not a violation of our principles to
list a proprietary font in the stack. However, we should never
*distribute* such a font.
I would prefer that free fonts appear first, and that is more workable
if we can find good free fonts that suit our design needs. We should
also ensure that the interface does not look worse in the future than it
does today, when using free fonts.
Also, remember that font-matchers may substitute a free font when they
are given a proprietary font name.