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[Bug 2017573] Re: Font hinting broken on 23.04


The README for fonts-liberation2 says:

  * This is fonts-liberation v2 packaged in a separate source package.
    The binary package is co-installable with fonts-liberation v1
    by installing the actual TTF files into a different directory
    (i.e. /usr/share/fonts/truetype/liberation2).
    Since the v1 and v2 fonts share the same family names, fontconfig
    with its default configuration will always prefer the v2 variants
    because of their higher version numbers and wider glyph coverage.
    This way, it is possible to override fonts-liberation v1 for most
    applications using fontforge (and not explicitly accessing the fonts
    by full path) while still keeping the v1 Sans Narrow variant available.

So there is a reason to install both, except that it's a shame that
liberation2 introduces a regression in the hinting capabilities. I don't
think many people use non-AA'd hinted fonts like me and let's not forget
it was just an unlucky counter example from my side. So I'd stick with
both packages in the seed and have Liberation Sans Narrow as a perk.

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  Font hinting broken on 23.04

Status in fonts-ubuntu package in Ubuntu:

Bug description:
  Just upgraded my laptops to Kubuntu 23.04 Lunar Lobster and hinting
  for all non-commercial fonts seems broken. I used to have decent if
  not perfect hinting on Ubuntu and Ubuntu Mono font, but now the only
  fonts that still hint correctly are Microsoft's Verdana and Tahoma
  etc. Not sure whether the devide is exactly along this line, but it
  stands out.

  Tried regenerating font cache (fc-cache -rv) but that didn't help.

  Operating System: Kubuntu 23.04
  KDE Plasma Version: 5.27.4
  KDE Frameworks Version: 5.104.0
  Qt Version: 5.15.8
  Kernel Version: 6.3.0 (64-bit)
  Graphics Platform: Wayland
  Processors: 8 × Intel® Core™ i7-10510U CPU @ 1.80GHz
  Memory: 31.1 GiB of RAM
  Graphics Processor: Mesa Intel® UHD Graphics
  Manufacturer: Notebook
  Product Name: N141CU
  System Version: Not Applicable

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