new font, kernel problem, and Unicode problem

Jim Gettys jg at
Wed May 2 05:43:44 EDT 2007

On Wed, 2007-05-02 at 00:19 -0400, Albert Cahalan wrote:
> On 5/1/07, Jim Gettys <jg at> wrote:
> > On Tue, 2007-05-01 at 22:47 -0400, Albert Cahalan wrote:
> > > 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.
> I agree with the second part for sure. I happen to think that
> supporting and encouraging geeks is rather critical though.
> They are the ones who can benefit most from a computer.
> Imagine if the letters "j" and "g" were printed as boxes.
> Really, try to imagine it. Your home directory is two to eight
> boxes, little boxes, all the same. You'd hate that.

This may be: but you have to convince upstream (LKML) of these merits
first: this doesn't strike me as vital enough for OLPC to carry an out
of tree patch against the Linux kernel console system that we can afford
to do so. And I think the arguments need to be made by those affected
that they *actually* care, for the arguments to be heard there, along
with actual patches. And I know we don't have the time to do patches
                                    - Jim

Jim Gettys
One Laptop Per Child

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