new font, kernel problem, and Unicode problem

Jim Gettys jg at
Tue May 1 22:51:47 EDT 2007

On Tue, 2007-05-01 at 22:47 -0400, Albert Cahalan wrote:

> > I'll also note that there are other solutions to the font encoding
> > problem, such as what Keith Packard did for Twin.
> ?

> >> I also suggest that somebody resubmit the Unicode proposal for
> >> the 12 precomposed characters needed for Yoruba. It was rejected
> >> on 1996-Sep-07, over a decade ago. 12 is hardly anything. Without
> >> these characters, Yoruba might be unworkable on the console.
> >
> > It's not clear that console support for Yoruba is very
> > interesting/useful; having it in terminal emulators seems likely
> > sufficient for most people.
> Can we say the same for French, German, and Spanish? People seem
> to like having non-ASCII filenames and even process names.

Yes, and they don't have to display on the console; only geeks use the
Linux console for anything other than initial booting.
                                 - Jim

Jim Gettys
One Laptop Per Child

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