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Linux.com: Linux Libertine Open Fonts Offers Free Times Roman Alternative

Aug 30, 2006, 10:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"Philipp H. Poll started the Linux Libertine Open Fonts project in September 2003 because of his dissatisfaction with the fonts shipped with GNU/Linux distributions. 'In SUSE 9.x,' he recalls, 'you had to use a script to download the Microsoft core fonts if you wanted to have good TrueType fonts.' To improve the situation, Poll chose to start with the basics with Linux Libertine, an alternative to Time Roman and Times New Roman, the most commonly used typefaces in computing, and to develop it using free software methodologies and tools under the GNU General Public License.

"Today, the project has about 10 active contributors working on bug reports, Unicode support, and a port to LaTex. However, unlike other free font projects such as Gentium, the design of Linux Libertine remains the work of one contributor--Poll himself. 'Designing is hardly a collaboratory work,' he explains. 'Besides, most interested people lack the specialized knowledge for font design...'"

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