[tex-live] TeX Live and GNU FreeFont

Norbert Preining preining at logic.at
Wed Apr 15 15:43:11 CEST 2015

Hi Zdenek,

what you describe is already happening!

* TeX Live contains the latest released version

* my tlptexlive contains the svn head

The svn head was *never* part of TeX Live

So I don't see any problem here.

Unfortunately Steve was not very happy about this development, but maybe this has changed?

All the best


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> On Apr 15, 2015, at 9:39 PM, Zdenek Wagner <zdenek.wagner at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I want to open a question of GNU FreeFont that should be clarified before TL 2015 gets frozen for DVD. As we know, the latest official release is quite old and its Devanagari block does not work with HarfBuzz. On the other hand, the Devanagari block in the subversion repository is OK (I will test it soon with TL 2015 pretest in order to be sure). This means that one of the most beautiful Devanagari fonts is not officially available to normal users. Some time ago TL 2014 started to distribute GNU FreeFont from the head of the svn repository. This seems to be good news for users but bad news for font developers. I see two possibilities:
> 1. If the font is ready for an official release, it would be good to release it before TL is frozen for DVD production
> 2. If there are still too things to be resolved before release, we should take advantage of the possibility of several TL repositories. The standard repository should contain the officially released FreeFont while an additional repository will contain FreeFont from the head of the svn repo. The advantage is that those who prefer a stable font and do not need Devanagari will not configure this additional TL repo. Those who need Devanagari and are prepared to take the risk that the font does not work will configure this additional repository.
> Is this reasonable?
> Zdeněk Wagner
> http://hroch486.icpf.cas.cz/wagner/
> http://icebearsoft.euweb.cz
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