[arch-general] freetype2 with enabled tt bytecode interpreter, license issues?

Jan de Groot jan at jgc.homeip.net
Mon May 4 17:06:51 EDT 2009

On Mon, 2009-05-04 at 22:44 +0200, Attila wrote:
> On Montag, 4. Mai 2009 18:17 Gerardo Exequiel Pozzi wrote:
> > Personally in my machine, I recompiled this package without the patch, I
> > prefer the auto-hinting from freetype2, because fonts looks better (at
> > least on CRT), I know that this can be configured with fontconf, but
> > because some programs/libs based on xpdf libs (example poppler*, kpdf),
> > look at headers at compile time instead of using fontconfig I recompile
> > these packages too.
> Nice to see that you prefer auto-hinting as mine. I config this with
> fontconfig and thought i'm on the safe side but you say that this is not good
> for kdpf and so on. Do you have background informations about it and what is
> the list of apps which do you recompile?
> I suggest that everyone who never used auto-hinting should test to see if this
> patch is necessary or not. Personally i support to deactivate the patch but i
> know that fonts be even a very individually piece of choice and prefer a
> democratic decision.
> See you, Attila

Deactivating the patch can be done by fontconfig configuration, so you
don't have to recompile freetype at all for this.

As for the licensing: AFAIK even Debian ships with the bytecode
interpreter enabled these days.

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