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Default Variable Fonts In Noto


This Change aims to change the priority in Google Noto to make Variable Fonts higher than non-Variable Fonts.


Current status

  • Targeted release: Fedora 31
  • Last updated: 2019-07-16
  • Tracker bug: <will be assigned by the Wrangler>
  • Release notes tracker: <will be assigned by the Wrangler>

Detailed Description

The font selection to match better fonts mostly depends on the order of the configuration files for fontconfig under /etc/fonts/conf.d as long as it is written according to the templates in our guidelines. we usually change the priority of it to choose which fonts are used for certain languages.

This proposal is to give Variable fonts version of Google Noto families the priority more than non-Variable fonts in Google Noto families.

Benefit to Fedora

The variable fonts of Google Noto families supports some axes for variations into one OpenType font file. no need to have multiple files per variations. this saves disk spaces and give us more better experience.

We have already enabled Google Noto as default fonts for Sinhala which affects by this change. it may be good to have the comparison table how it saves.

Language non-VF VF
Sinhala 10.94MiB 1.02MiB


  • Proposal owners:
    • Update google-noto-fonts package to change the priority of fontconfig configuration files
    • Update comps.xml to replace non-VF to VF version of packages
  • Other developers: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Policies and guidelines: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Trademark approval: N/A (not needed for this Change)

Upgrade/compatibility impact

N/A (not a System Wide Change)

How To Test

N/A (not a System Wide Change)

User Experience


N/A (not a System Wide Change)

Contingency Plan

  • Contingency mechanism: (What to do? Who will do it?) N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Contingency deadline: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Blocks release? N/A (not a System Wide Change), Yes/No
  • Blocks product? product


N/A (not a System Wide Change)

Release Notes