New Fonts to Improve GNOMEs Looks

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-01-22 Print this article Print

GNOME Foundation and Bitstream bring advanced font capabilities to developers and users of free and open source software.

NEW YORK—The GNOME Foundation and Bitstream Inc., a developer of font technology, on Wednesday will announce here at LinuxWorld that ten serif, sans serif and monospaced fonts will be released under a special open-source license, once they have been adapted to meet the requirements for technical use. The move will bring advanced font capabilities to developers and users of free and open source software. The Bitstream Vera fonts will be available for free copying and redistribution and can be modified as long as the font name is changed. The fonts cannot be packaged for sale by themselves, but can be sold with any software. The GNOME Foundation, which provides organizational, financial and legal support to the GNOME (GNU Network Object Model Environment) Linux desktop project and helps determine its vision and road map, will incorporate the fonts into future GNOME releases, giving end users and GNOME developers access to their advanced display capabilities.
"This agreement with Bitstream will enhance the experience and graphics capabilities of corporate, enterprise, educational, governmental and individual GNOME users and will give powerful tools to open-source developers everywhere," said Miguel de Icaza, the GNOME Foundations president and chief technology officer of Ximian Inc.
"The donation of these fonts to the free software community is the final piece that will give full functionality to projects like Freetype, XFT2 and X Render extensions of the XFree86 project, Pango, KDE and Trolltechs QT, among many others." said Jim Gettys, a GNOME Foundation board member. "These fonts will be available to all developers and users, giving GNOME and other open-source programs a great look right out of the box that has been lacking until now," he said. Bob Thomas, Bitstreams director of product management, said the company hopes its move will spur developers to generate new fonts and continue to enhance the experience of end users.
Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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