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Fedora Fonts


The Fonts Special Interest Group is an informal group of Fedora Linux contributors. It is dedicated to improving fonts availability and text rendering/layouting in the distribution and its other Linux derivatives.

Join us and help:

Fonts SIG activities
Activity OS Developer Translator Content Writer Designer People Person
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  • package new fonts and font tools,
  • review font packages before Fedora inclusion,
  • fix font or text problems in applications and libraries,
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  • propose good Fedora fonts defaults,
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  • identify font or text problems in applications and libraries,
  • improve font package descriptions and summaries to help users choose the right fonts for their needs,
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  • convince foundries to release fonts under a free/libre Fedora-friendly license,
  • recruit possible free/libre font authors,
  • recruit new SIG members,
  • get font or text problems fixed,
  • improve the SIG visibility by getting it linked and quoted everywhere,
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  • document font creation tasks,
  • document free/libre font release best practices,
  • document free/libre font packaging,
  • clarify, complete and improve our wiki,
  • identify interesting third-party material, and link it here,
  • convert wiki information to other document formats.
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Any font or text-related activity can be tackled, as long as the result is free/libre and compatible with the Fedora objectives.

The current SIG task list is published here.


Mailing lists

Mailing list name Intended use Web archives
Source Gmane The mail archive
fedora-fonts-list Main SIG coordination channel, for human discussions.
Post your questions and proposals there.
Archives Archives Archives
fedora-fonts-bugs-list Automated tracking of font and text issues.
Consult it to follow new problem reports and fixes, CC it in issue trackers.
Archives Archives Archives


We do not have a dedicated IRC channel right now; the general low-traffic ##fonts channel on should be used instead. It is shared by all the FLOSS font groups and is distribution-agnostic.

SIG members

The following Fedora members contribute on a permanent or semi-permanent basis to this SIG:

  • MairinDuffy
  • BehdadEsfahbod
  • KevinFenzi
  • DimitrisGlezos
  • NicolasMailhot
  • HansUlrichNiedermann
  • JensPetersen
  • RahulSundaram
  • SimosXenitellis

External references

  • The text layout working group regularly publishes materials on present and future state of text rendering on FLOSS desktops. They're all a must-read.
  • Ed Trager maintains the very complete unifont web site.
  • The Open Font Library is an effort to host open fonts, though all may not be free enough for Fedora.
  • Other distributions have fonts packaging projects, notably Debian and Ubuntu .