ttf-indic-fonts and subpackages need to be migrated to fonts-indic and subpackages

Anivar Aravind anivar.aravind at
Sat Jan 10 03:54:02 UTC 2015

We made a PPA for Malayalam fonts which supports 15.04 as well

Please some one show some love to the bug i pointed earlier (958345
and on this question

Fixes needed for Malayalam

1. Installer dependency is now ttf-indic-fonts-core which contains 2010
version of fonts , totally outdated due to change in opentype specification
and support for new rendering engines . For Malayalam ,  Meera04 and
Rachana04 need to be removed from that package and installer dependency for
Malayalam need to be set to fonts-smc-meera (whichyou can take from PPA)

2. All Malayalam Language support now points ttf-malayalam-fonts , Please
change it to fonts-smc and if possible include fonts-smc to main repo  .
The PPA have updated version

This is the most wanted fix for a language community from Indian State
named Kerala, where ubuntu is used in its iT at school program in the state .
Now we force to remaster the isos for school use due to issues like this

~ regards
Anivar Aravind

On Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 11:43 AM, Anivar Aravind <anivar.aravind at>

> Dear all
> This bug needs some love . Indian Language fonts in ubuntu hasnt uodated
> after 2010 . Debian moved to fonts-<foundry> naming and removed all
> ttf-<languagename>-fonts packages . Now Ubuntu is having many of these
> packages ported from Debian . eg . For Malayalam fonts-smc and
> ttf-malayalam-fonts contains same fonts but fonts-smc is the latest version
> . But all language setup points to the older version of fonts
> ttf-indic-fonts-core having mostly outdated fonts (installer dependency)
> and it results rendering fail . This is crucial for Indian languages
> because with the emergence of harfbuzz as a rendering stack , and update in
> opentype V2 for fonts , old version of fonts produces rendering issues .
> So please consider this as high priority and fix it on 15.04
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