Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 29th Jul 2008 20:39 UTC, submitted by vege
KDE Earlier this year, the KDE team released the highly-anticipated 4th major revision of the KDE desktop. Instead of bringing evolutionary changes, KDE 4.0 effectively delivered a complete rewrite of KDE, and as a consequence the first release of the KDE 4 branch lacked a lot of features of KDE 3.x, while also being quite unstable and rough. Many even complained the KDE team shouldn't have released KDE 4.0 as 4.0, but rather as a developer preview release or something similar. During this storm of criticism, the KDE team calmly pointed out that KDE 4.1 would fix many, many of the issues people had with KDE 4.0. Starting today, there's no more pointing towards KDE 4.1: KDE 4.1 has been released today.
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RE[3]: Fonts
by lemur2 on Wed 30th Jul 2008 23:48 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Fonts"
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Ok well then, KDE will always be a sub-standard product. I guess no one at KDE has ever heard of raising funds to pay for things important to a project.

The beauty of open source is sharing. Once someone has a solution, there is no need to squander resources and/or money developing or acquiring it (as the case may be) all over again.

Plenty of fine fonts to choose from. This is not a problem.

Why don't you try harder to find some other utter nonsense to whinge about Linux that might be a little harder to debunk?

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RE[4]: Fonts
by sappyvcv on Thu 31st Jul 2008 00:42 in reply to "RE[3]: Fonts"
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Whooosh. You need to learn to read. It's not about availability of fonts WHAT SO EVER.

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RE[5]: Fonts
by lemur2 on Thu 31st Jul 2008 01:33 in reply to "RE[4]: Fonts"
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Whooosh. You need to learn to read. It's not about availability of fonts WHAT SO EVER.

Woosh yourself.

This was the original (and bogus) complaint: "Go to the same site using Linux and you're faced with font that don't match, size that are (most of the time) too small. I'm no Font expert, but it's a HUGE problem with Linux and one that put me off of using it."

The solution to this is: install the Liberation fonts, set your browser to render using Liberation fonts, and ensure that the system's dpi setting is correct.

Why Liberations fonts?

Two reasons (both are quotes from the link I gave):
(1) "These fonts are metric-compatible with Monotype Corporation's Arial, Times New Roman, and Courier New respectively. "

(2) "They are available under the GNU General Public License with a font embedding exception, which states that documents embedding these fonts do not automatically fall under the GNU GPL."

The fonts are metric equivalents of common webfonts. They will therefore render correctly, at the correct size on screen (provided that the system's dpi setting for the display screen is correct).

Therefore, on a Linux system, installing and using Liberation fonts is exactly and precisely a sloution for the "problem" that the OP complained about.

It turns out that the solution IS largely all about the availability of appropriate fonts under an appropriate license for use on a Linux system (ie, the font's license must allow for re-distribution to downstream recipients).

Don't sprout about things that you don't understand would be my advice.

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