Feature changed by: Frederic Crozat (fcrozat)
Feature #305249, revision 48
Title: Replace agfa-fonts
Requested by: Michael Löffler (michl19)
Partner organization: openSUSE.org
As Liberation fonts looking really good meanwhile I propose to replace
the proprietary agfa-fonts with the open source fonts for openSUSE 11.1
and future versions.
Requires to use the new stylesheets for building PDFs of the official
SUSE documentation (the old stylesheets (used for LE 11) require agfa-
#1: Ciaran Farrell (babelworx) (2008-08-19 09:07:09)
Sent a heads-up to Denzil Harris, wrt the Agfa contract. Everything ok
from his side.
#2: Andreas Jaeger (a_jaeger) (2008-08-19 09:30:54)
Just one clarification: agfa fonts should stay on SLED11, we're only
discussing openSUSE 11.1. Correct?
#3: Mike Fabian (mfabian) (2008-08-19 12:05:18) (reply to #2)
As Liberation fonts looking really good meanwhile
Here I disagree, they are OK but really cannot compare neither to the
Agfa fonts nor to the Microsoft Webfonts. The Liberation fonts render
much worse because they don’t have good byte code.
(They also render much worse than the DejaVu fonts which are far better
in my opinion than the Liberation fonts. But the DejaVu fonts don’t
aim to be metric compatible to Arial, Times New Roman, and Courier
I propose to replace the proprietary agfa-fonts with
the open source
fonts for openSUSE 11.1 and future versions.
I just want to add some information.
The Liberation fonts contain only
3 styles and the Agfa fonts have some more. The closes matches between
the Liberation, the Agfa, and the Microsoft web fonts are:
Liberation Agfa Microsoft
Liberation Sans Albany AMT Arial
Liberation Serif Thorndale AMT Times New Roman
Liberation Mono Cumberland AMT Courier New
Andale Sans Trebuchet MS
Arial Black Arial Black
Monotype Sorts Webdings
Comic Sans MS
Not that although “Liberation Mono” claims to be metric compatible to
“Cumberland AMT” and “Courier New”, it looks visually very different.
“Liberation Mono” is a sans serif font (like “Andale Mono”) but
“Cumberland AMT” and “Courier New” are both typewriter like serif
fonts. I.e. “Liberation Mono” may be able to replace ���Cumberland AMT”
and “Courier New” without changing the formatting of a document
(although even that won’t always work) but certainly the document
would look very different in style.
I agree thouth that probably nobody really needs the Agfa fonts, most
people seem to download the Microsoft webfonts anyway. So I don’t
think we do not need to keep the Agfa fonts.
#5: Guy Lunardi (glunardi) (2008-08-19 09:20:05) (reply to #3)
Looks like my email to Michael :-)
#8: JP Rosevear (jproseve) (2008-08-19 14:52:35)
I think this is basically fate #304544. Radek analyzed the liberation
vs agfa situation in May 2007 for OO and found defencies as well, with
at least "Comic sans MS", "MS Gothic", "Arial black",
"Impact", "Monotype sorts" and "Utal MH"
#9: Christoph Thiel (cthiel1) (2008-09-11 16:00:48)
Done for openSUSE 11.1
#10: Arseniy Lartsev (ars3niy) (2008-11-06 15:13:26)
Bad idea. Liberation Sans looks TERRIBLE in comparison to Albany AMT
(at least in 11.1 Beta 4).
#16: Ciaran Farrell (babelworx) (2012-06-29 10:37:50)
Please remember to involve Denzil Harris in any discussions concerning
dropping agfa-fonts. He's the Corporate Development Group contact for
#27: Stefan Behlert (sbehlert) (2013-12-06 13:10:11)
I've adjusted the title as there are alternatives which will/can be
+ #32: Frederic Crozat (fcrozat) (2014-07-22 10:17:09) (reply to #31)
+ Removing RN flag, no need to detail those fonts change