Bug#821227: fonts-linuxlibertine: Switching to Libertinus Fork?

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Bug#821227: fonts-linuxlibertine: Switching to Libertinus Fork?

Frederic Wang
Package: fonts-linuxlibertine
Version: 5.3.0-2
Severity: wishlist

Dear Maintainer,

Checking the upstream FontForge project, the maintainer of the Linux Libertine project seems to have been inactive for two years and unresponsive to contributors:


That's why Khaled Hosny created a fork with many bug fixes and an additional
math font:


I suggest to switch to that fork, which seems more up-to-date and active.

-- Package-specific info:
| Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
|/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name           Version      Architecture Description
ii  fontconfig     2.11.0-6.4   amd64        generic font configuration librar
ii  libfreetype6:a 2.6.3-3+b1   amd64        FreeType 2 font engine, shared li
ii  libxft2:amd64  2.3.2-1      amd64        FreeType-based font drawing libra

-- System Information:
Debian Release: stretch/sid
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (500, 'testing')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Foreign Architectures: i386

Kernel: Linux 4.4.0-1-amd64 (SMP w/8 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=fr_FR.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=fr_FR.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)

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Bug#821227: Are bugs being actually fixed upstream?

Peter Gervai-4

I would like to remind you guys of this bugreport about Libertinus fork from 2016.

Am I right to observe that Libertine upstream has not fixed a reported bug since 2014?
Judging by the sourceforce issue page there are even larger problems left unfixed. It does
not seem to be maintained anymore. Do you have any contact with upstream? Shall anyone spend
any time on reporting bugs or it's just a waste of time?

As for Libertinus: It seems to be actively maintained since 2016, looks like a very
much working alternative to Libertine.

Would you share your stance about this issue please?

Thank you!