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[Bug 777979] Re: [nc] ubuntu-font-family-sources uses non-free build chain


** Also affects: fonts-ubuntu (Ubuntu)
   Importance: Undecided
       Status: New

** Changed in: fonts-ubuntu (Ubuntu)
       Status: New => Triaged

** Changed in: fonts-ubuntu (Ubuntu)
   Importance: Undecided => Critical

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  [nc] ubuntu-font-family-sources uses non-free build chain

Status in Ubuntu Font Family:
Status in fonts-ubuntu package in Ubuntu:

Bug description:
  The Ubuntu Font Family is currently (2011-05) primarily developed
  using FontLab FontStudio (attempts were originally made to find a
  type-design studio that would be prepared to use FontForge):


  For the Ubuntu Font Family, the preferred form of modification during
  the initial boot-strapping phase are the FontLab FontStudio .'vfb'
  files.  Additionally other proprietary and/or free-as-in-beer
  applications are used during the build and signing process to generate
  the final OpenType '.ttf' files.  Both source and pre-compiled
  binaries are distributed via http://font.ubuntu.com/ in order to
  assist those unable to rebuild the .ttf forms of the fonts in the

  Debian has a policy that free software with a build-dependency on non-
  free software is not suitable for 'main' and should be placed in
  'contrib', to ensure that 'main' has no dependency outside 'main'.
  This places the Ubuntu Font Family in the same category as some libre
  Flash/Shockwave software that also comes with full source but requires
  non-free software to rebuild, and software with documentation only in
  PDF format (but without LaTeX source).

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