New Fonts to Improve GNOMEs Looks
GNOME Foundation and Bitstream bring advanced font capabilities to developers and users of free and open source software.NEW YORKThe 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.