Unpackaged Open Font of the Week: Montserrat

It’s been quite a while since I’ve done one of these posts – actually, five years – lol – but no reason not to pick an old habit back up! 🙂 Montserrat is a sans serif font created by Julieta Ulanovsky inspired by the street signs of the Montserrat neighborhood of Buenos Aires. It is the font we have used in Fedora for the Fedora Editions logos: It is also used as the official headline / titling font for Fedora project print materials. Packaging this font is of particular important to Fedora, since we have started using it as an official font in our design materials. It would be lovely to be able to install it via our software install tools rather than having designers have to download and install it manually. Montserrat is licensed under the Open Font License. Fedora Font Wishlist Entry: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Montserrat_Fonts Upstream Homepage: https://github.com/JulietaUla/Montserrat/   So, you want to package Montserrat? Sweet! You’ll want to follow the first steps here next to the ‘if you intend to do some packaging’ header: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Joining_the_Fonts_SIG Our fonts packaging policy, which the above refers to, is documented here: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Category:Fonts_packaging And if you have any questions throughout the process, don’t hesitate …

Unpackaged Open Font of the Week: Anonymous Pro

Anonymous Pro is a sans-serif monospaced font intended for use by programmers and in terminal applications. The character design takes special care to differentiate between commonly-confused characters such as O, 0, I, l, 1, ,, ., and so on. The font was created by Mark Simonson based off of some of his earlier work and the original bitmap font Anonymous by Susan Lesch and David Lamkins. Fedora Font Wishlist Entry: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/AnonymousProFonts Upstream Homepage: http://www.ms-studio.com/FontSales/anonymouspro.html Note that Mark licensed Anonymous Pro under the Open Font License very recently – as in, last Friday! My friend Corey showed me Anonymous Pro 3 weeks ago now, and I really liked it but the license wasn’t right for Fedora, so I emailed Mark and he said he’d been considering another license anyway, and here we are. 🙂 It never hurts to ask. If you see a font you like, but it’s under a freeware license that isn’t free & open source compatible, why not ask the font author to reconsider? So, you want to package Anonymous Pro? Fantastic! You rock! You’ll want to follow the first steps here next to the ‘if you intend to do some packaging’ header: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Joining_the_Fonts_SIG Our fonts packaging policy, …

Unpackaged Open Font of the Week: m+ fonts

I’ve decided to try to feature one cool unpackaged-in-Fedora but freely-licensed font per week for the foreseeable future. There’s a couple of reasons I’d like to do this: To simply keep up with the freely-licensed font options available, and share them for other designers’ benefit. Since I last did a review of freely-licensed fonts in September 2007, there has been a huge explosion of freely-licensed fonts, many of which are of a more impressive quality than ever available before. Whereas not so long ago in the past I could rattle off a handful of freely-licensed fonts I considered ‘good’ off the top of my head, these days it’s hard for me to keep up! To inspire folks to get involved in packaging, specifically font packaging. Shameless begging font package requests via blog have worked in the past. I think it’s maybe a little overwhelming to look at the font SIG font wishlist and figure out which font to package. By highlighting one font at a time, I’m hoping to make it a little less overwhelming. We are making awesome progress in expanding the number of fonts available in Fedora, by the way. This is thanks to the efforts of Nicolas …

Another Shameless Font Packaging Request

You know you want to package Beteckna Fonts for Fedora, right? You know you want to be or want to enable the next Barbara Kruger but in a totally free software / free-license way, right? Do the right thing. Package Beteckna today! — Cat photo from “Amakum-olan Mills” by rogerimp on Flickr under a Creative Commons 2.0 Attribution license. — p.s. Thanks to Gürkan Sengün for letting the Fedora Fonts SIG know about this cool font!

New Openly-Licensed font: Rufscript

My friend Hiran Venugopalan, a very talented designer whom I met at FOSS.in last December, has just released a new GPL 3 font-exception licensed font called Rufscript. It’s a handwriting font that would be really useful for comic strips and maybe labeling photos for a scrapbook. What I really love about this font (besides how cool it looks!) is that it was created with a completely open source toolchain. Hiran used the GIMP, Inkscape, Font Forge, and GEdit to create this font. Check out all the details and grab the font and font source for yourself at Hiran’s blog! (By the way, I submitted a font wishlist request for tRufscript to be included in Fedora. So if you are a packager who likes it too, it would be awesome if you had the time to add it in… 🙂 🙂 🙂 ) UPDATE: Great news! Rahul has packaged this font up and submitted it for review! Yipee! 🙂


Jason Kottke emailed me today to let me know he opened up his Silkscreen Font under the Open Font License today, and also uploaded it to the Open Font Library. The font only has Latin characters, but it’s a cool font because it’s usable in extremely small applications where other fonts aren’t legible at that size. From the Silkscreen website: Silkscreen is best used in places where extremely small graphical display type is needed (duh!). The primary use is for navigational items (nav bars, menus, etc.). However, you can also use it for image captions and the like…wherever small type is needed. Silkscreen also works very well at large point sizes if you’re looking for that chunky, old school computer look so popular with the kids today. In order to preserve the proper spacing and letterforms, Silkscreen should be used at 8pt. multiples (8pt., 16pt., 24pt., etc.) with anti-aliasing turned off. For larger text (larger than 64pt.), you can use whatever size you want without too much of a problem. Anyhow, thanks Jason for opening up this cool font. 🙂 Hopefully we can get it packaged for Fedorasrc=