[Pkg-fonts-devel] Use of ttf-thryomanes for Greek/Cyrillic/Hungarian (was: Re: Orphaned packages with quite some users?)

Christian Perrier bubulle at debian.org
Thu Nov 1 08:19:26 UTC 2007

(beware: wide crosspost. Please turn your brain ON to decide where you
want to reply... :-)))

Quoting Cyril Brulebois (cyril.brulebois at enst-bretagne.fr):
> Luk Claes <luk at debian.org> (31/10/2007):
> > Below you'll find a list of longtime orphaned packages with quite some
> > users. It would be great if people could adopt packages that are still
> > usefull and give alternatives and/or migration plans for packages that
> > are rather obsolete or not really usefull anymore.
> >
> > http://packages.qa.debian.org/t/ttf-thryomanes.html
> > http://packages.qa.debian.org/u/unifont.html
> Putting the pkg-fonts team in the loop, since it might be interested in
> taking care of these ones.

ttf-thryomanes probably appears here because it is listed in a few
l10n tasks:

cyrillic-desktop: ttf-thryomanes
greek-desktop: ttf-thryomanes
hungarian-desktop: ttf-thryomanes

Description: A Unicode font covering Latin, Greek, Cyrillic and IPA
 Thryomanes is a TrueType Unicode font (with bold, italic and bold-italic
 variations). It covers the Latin and IPA sections of Unicode 3.0, and most of
 the Greek (including Polytonic Greek) and Cyrillic sections.

So, the choice becomes: 

- keep this font listed in (some of) these tasks. Then it needs to be
  maintained by
  - someone willing to do so
  - the pkg-fonts-devel "team"
- remove this font from all tasks and then either:
  - drop the package
  - keep it is someone volunteers to maintain it

IMHO, even if I did not check this, the ttf-dejavu font(s) cover these
languages pretty well. So, the font is maybe not very much relevant
for being installed by default.

On the other hand, the package has few bugs (4) and should be very
easy to maintain. Upstream seems inactive (no release since 2000-2001).

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