Rev/Linux update - for Richmond
richmondmathewson at gmail.com
Sun Aug 8 08:29:01 CDT 2010
Here I am in London; just had time to sit down and look at this:
On 06/08/2010 15:23, Richard Gaskin wrote:
> I got another update this morning from the team on the progress of the
> Rev engine for Linux, and this one's for Richmond:
> With the screenshot Mark Waddingham noted:
> To be fair, the visual difference for roman text is mostly nil
> (or at least will be when I've fixed the slight difference in
> baselines that seems to have crept in).
Yer, but . . . the reall "fun" will be when I get home and try the
Sanskrit2003 font on Linux . . .
err . . . wait a minute . . . no it won't as I have a Studio licence so
no access to DP builds;
Heather very kindly extended my licence to Sept.; whether that will
encompass the 4.5 release I don't know ????
> The linux engine now uses 'pango' to do all its text rendering
> and font selection/listing - this is the modern approach and
> means if you install fonts via GTK/Gnome/Fontconfig etc. you
> actually see them listed in Rev and will be used when requested.
Unfortunately I am using my niece's iMac and she will get narked if I
put RevMedia on it;
also, as it is a Mac running MacOS (mind you, try installing RunRev for
Linux on a Ma running
Linux PPC and you get a rude awakening) I cannot comment directly on
what is happening
fontwise on Linux.
> In addition, all the font fallback and such works correctly
> both for unicode text and all the config that distros have
> invested in 'fontconfig'. The latter, in particular, means you
> get sensible default fonts for most common typefaces for other
> platforms (for example, there is rarely actually a 'Helvetica'
> installed any more, but there is pretty much always Nimbus Sans
> which is metric and look compatible).
Bye-the-bye; slightly OT trick for those who like Microsoft fonts with
If you install WINE it also installs Times New Roman and so on, which
show up in ALMOST ALL
Gnome and KDE compatible apps; mun be in RunRev allus!
> I'm not sure what the performance impact of this might be yet
> - I'm hoping it might fix some of the field performance problems
> that seem to plague some linux distributions since various
> things are cached now which weren't before. More testing will
> be needed to see if this is indeed the case.
> Kevin also noted that some progress has been made in diagnosing the
> cause of the printPaperOrientation issue, but that the solution is
> "not straightforward" so he doesn't have a fix in hand just yet and
> will try to squeeze one in within the couple of weeks.
> Things are looking better each week for those of us enjoying Linux
> deployments. :)
"enjoying linux deployments" . . . Um, chacun à son goût . . . :) à ce
moment J'ai un "grosse durchfall"
avec този шрифтове и Линукс!
mind you, Unicode fonts that work would do my digestion no end of good.
As my "next trick" will be designing a Sanskrit2003 compatible font with
southern Indian Grantha script it will cheer me up no end thinking that
it will work with
RunRev on Linux.
sincerely, Richmond Mathewson.
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