Cost of Freedom: New Ubuntu Font

I think a picture is worth a thousand words. The company Canonical has contracted to develop its own “Ubuntu font” apparently eats another brand of dog food, as it were. I realize the font designer, not Canonical, is the source of the PDF of the slides but it’s still amusing that Canonical makes a competing operating system in which the PDF creation software doesn’t run (except when using WINE).

I’m not against mixing open source and closed source systems to get the best results. After all, it worked pretty well for the Linux kernel for a while. But Canonical has made a big deal about taking on Microsoft — so much so that I’d expect their contracts to require use of their own Linux distribution as much as possible.

I’m curious how much development and/or advocacy of of Liberation fonts occurred on non-free software. Red Hat contracted with a company called Ascender.

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