Call for testing: fontconfig

Gunnar Hjalmarsson gunnarhj at
Wed Apr 6 17:12:49 UTC 2016

Hi all,

A new upstream release of fontconfig, 2.11.94, is about to make it into
the archive. I want to call your attention to this change, since it's
very late in the cycle.

The background is that the default font for rendering Chinese has been
changed from Droid Sans to Noto Sans CJK, and the previous version of
fontconfig in the Ubuntu archive (2.11.1) is not capable of handling all
the font weights of Noto Sans CJK properly. Other ways we tried to
prevent a regression with respect to Chinese rendering have either been
insufficient or caused other kinds of regression.

So I ask you to be extra attentive to any font rendering issues due to
the fontconfig upgrade. Please use <>
at first hand to report possible issues.

It should be said that we can easily go back to 2.11.1 in case of a
serious regression, if it's deemed to be the better overall option.

Gunnar Hjalmarsson

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