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Bug 79394

Summary: RFE: adding arabic fonts
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: Mohamed Eldesoky <mohamed.eldesoky>
Component: distributionAssignee: Owen Taylor <otaylor>
Status: CLOSED RAWHIDE QA Contact: David Lawrence <dkl>
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Priority: high    
Version: 8.0CC: menthos, mharris, mitr, otaylor, pcormier
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Description Mohamed Eldesoky 2002-12-11 08:52:14 UTC
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Description of problem:
These are GPLd arabic fonts, that would be very helpful for arabic users, and
could enable RedHat to do more applications arabic capable.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.unpack the package above
2.copy it to .fonts directory
3.start using arabic

Additional info:

Comment 1 Mike A. Harris 2002-12-17 22:18:57 UTC
Reassigning enhancement request to distribution component

Comment 2 Bill Nottingham 2002-12-30 05:53:46 UTC
Owen, opinions on the fonts?

Comment 3 Mike A. Harris 2002-12-30 05:58:16 UTC
As long as they are truely free, and not of questionable origin, and they
look half decent, I don't see any reason why we shouldn't ship them.

Comment 4 Owen Taylor 2002-12-30 16:05:33 UTC
These fonts aren't OpenType fonts so they are useless for us. (Well, worse
than useless, because currently we don't gracefully handle Arabic TTF
fonts that don't have the necessary tables - you get programs aborting

** ERROR **: file shape.c: line 74 (pango_shape): assertion failed:
(glyphs->num_glyphs > 0)

Though that's a bug that can be fixed)

There are one or two free OpenType arabic fonts, - I was thinking of 
assembling ttfonts-me and ttfonts-indic packages to extend the range
of the languages we cover.

Comment 5 Mohamed Eldesoky 2003-01-03 18:18:46 UTC
We can work together to fix all the problems.
I have emailed the authors of the fonts already

Comment 6 Owen Taylor 2003-01-10 22:41:30 UTC
Turns out that the fonts do have some of the OpenType tables ... Pango
is having problems because they conform to an earlier Microsoft 
format rather than full OpenType (no GDEF table). I probbably can
make Pango work around that.

Comment 7 Owen Taylor 2003-01-11 00:26:23 UTC
Have a fix for this in Pango CVS now.

Comment 8 Mohamed Eldesoky 2003-01-11 15:25:40 UTC
Thanks alot Owen for the time.
Please feel free to reach me for any kind of help.
I am willing to give the necessary time to help.
Also, what should it take in order to make the installation of Linux in Arabic
possible ??

Comment 9 Christian Rose 2003-01-11 16:02:15 UTC
Probably only someone interested in making it happen. :)
If you are interested, follow the instructions on

Comment 10 Mohamed Alkanhal 2003-01-22 06:01:17 UTC
KacstArabicFonts is just updated. There are now nine GPLd fonts. They look 
better than before. Should you have any comment, please let me know. Thanks.

Comment 11 Owen Taylor 2003-01-22 16:43:51 UTC
My comment: 

 Please, please, get the upstream people to assign a version number to
 the the tarball. Files that change content while keeping the same name
 are extremely difficult to deal with when packaging.

Comment 12 Mohamed Alkanhal 2003-01-22 17:36:41 UTC
Thanks Owen for your comment. The person in charge just assigned a version 
number to it. You can try it now.

Comment 13 Mohamed Eldesoky 2003-01-23 07:17:58 UTC
Owen  Mohamed Alkanhal meant you can download the newest version from this link  Regards M.Eldesoky 

Comment 14 Mohamed Alkanhal 2003-01-23 10:08:30 UTC
ooops, I forgot to include the link of the latest version in my previous post. 
Thanks Mohamed Eldesoki for your help.

Again, the latests tarball is at  

Comment 15 Mohamed Eldesoky 2003-01-30 06:02:24 UTC
Can we make these fonts find its way to XFree86 ??
To be available all the time with all distros ??
Searched in their site, but didn't find any contacts that I can do !!

Comment 16 Owen Taylor 2003-02-04 21:58:41 UTC
Upgraded version in the tree to the new tarball.