Shipping bigger fonts by default for greater glyph coverage

Chris Leonard cjlhomeaddress at
Wed Sep 5 18:55:39 EDT 2012

On Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 6:45 PM, Martin Langhoff
<martin.langhoff at> wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 6:44 PM, Martin Langhoff
> <martin.langhoff at> wrote:
>>> This will increase the base uncompressed OS size by about 6mb.
>> IMHO, this is tiny compared to the tradeoff at hand.
> I mean tiny compared to the benefit. The tradeoff is completely desirable...

I entirely agree, this is a good use of a small amount of space.  I
tend to view "stock" OLPC releases as the car you drive when you are
shopping.  Sure you could drive it off the lot as-is, but if you are
really picky about the options packages (e.g. fonts and that 6 MB) you
are going to wait for a custom ordered car from the factory (an OS
Builder custom build).

It is a very good thing if the OLPC stock releases be flexible enough
to accommodate additional languages by just dropping in the right
language pack.  This makes them ideal "technology demonstrators" for
assessment (with L10n and on locked XO laptops) before deciding to
invest additional effort in a custom build and for many, just adding
the language pack will be good enough (with the larger set of glyphs).

This reminds me that I need to fiddle with the langpack generating
script on Pootle so that we are cranking out 0.96 based langpacks
going forward.


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