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[Bug 1754804] Re: "fonts-ubuntu" package is marked as non-free


fonts-ubuntu is shipped by default on Ubuntu systems. It has significant
reverse dependencies and cannot be uninstalled easily. Debian considers
fonts-ubuntu to be “non-free” while Canonical disagrees.

Recently I have seen two Ask Ubuntu questions where users have run vrms,
found fonts-ubuntu to be non-free, and tried to uninstall the package:

* https://askubuntu.com/q/1292336

* https://askubuntu.com/q/1292751

This situation is unfortunate, and the explanation is that the control
file states "non-free". Given the difference in opinion, the control
file should not state "non-free" when building for Ubuntu.

** Patch added: "fonts-ubuntu_lp1754804.debdiff"

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

** Changed in: fonts-ubuntu (Ubuntu)
       Status: Confirmed => In Progress

** Changed in: fonts-ubuntu (Ubuntu)
     Assignee: (unassigned) => Gunnar Hjalmarsson (gunnarhj)

** Tags added: patch

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  "fonts-ubuntu" package is marked as non-free

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

Bug description:
  When using vrms, it shows fonts-ubuntu package (and ttf-ubuntu-font-
  family) as a non-free package.

  ProblemType: Bug
  DistroRelease: Ubuntu 18.04
  Package: fonts-ubuntu 0.83-2
  ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.15.0-10.11-generic 4.15.3
  Uname: Linux 4.15.0-10-generic x86_64
  ApportVersion: 2.20.8-0ubuntu10
  Architecture: amd64
  CurrentDesktop: ubuntu:GNOME
  Date: Sat Mar 10 09:16:29 2018
  InstallationDate: Installed on 2018-02-15 (22 days ago)
  InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 18.04 LTS "Bionic Beaver" - Alpha amd64 (20180214)
  PackageArchitecture: all
  SourcePackage: fonts-ubuntu
  UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

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