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Re: truetype

Roger R Dingledine wrote:

> From: "R.G. Mayhue" <rgmayhue@serenesoftware.com>
> To: independence-l@independence.seul.org
> Subject: Re: truetype
> Date: Mon, 8 Nov 1999 14:54:36 -0500
> On Sun, 07 Nov 1999, Birger wrote:
> >
> > I asked a long time ago how to use truetype fonts under X. I finally found the
> > answer: You have to use 'ttmkfdir -o fonts.dir' and then add the folder to
> > fontpath. Doh! It's so simple but I'm amazed it's so poorly documented! man xfs
> > gives absolutely no clue, I had to find this information on the web.
> >
> > Btw. it's about time Linux distributions moved to ttf instead of bdf. Aren't
> > there any good quality ttf-fonts that you can distribute for free?
> >
> Go here to read what Red Hat has done about fonts in 6.0 :
> http://www.redhat.com/knowledgebase/newfontsystem/
> >From what I understand font dithering should be included in the next
> major XFree86 release. That will put us right on track with Windows and
> Mac.
> R.G. Mayhue
> rgmayhue@serenesoftware.com

Ummmm,  One very important exception.

StarOffice, the bloated monster that it is, is still a very attractive deal to Linux
Users looking for functionality similar to MS Office.  Now that it is free(of
monetary cost) and redistributable on a limited basis, it is even more attractive.
MIght not be a bad idea to bundle TrueType->Type 1 conversion software to
accommodate additional fonts for (especially) StarWriter.  We can hope this
situation will change soon, of course, and that SO will be able to do this