Description of problem:
Starting with FC4 the anaconda installation offers the Amharic language
translation option but no font is included to display Amharic text.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Select Amharic during installation (am-ET)
boxes with character addresses.
An Ethiopic font needs to be available at installation time. X.org comes with a
scalable Ethiopic font that can be included:
use either GohaTibeb.otf or GohaTibeb.ttf
a BDF font is also available:
use cu12.bdf . Leon Ho is also familiar with the issue.
We need to ship the font in the distribution before we can add it to the install
Assigning to the proper team.
The ethiopic font supplied in Xorg and XFree86, has always been disabled by
default in the builds. In X.Org 7.0, it is provided as well, but we have
followed the upstream default of not building it by default.
I've CC'd Owen Taylor to see if he's aware of any reason that enabling the
Ethiopic TTF/OTF fonts supplied with X might cause.
The BDF font referenced in the initial comment above, is already included
in Fedora Core as far as I recall. Examine the xorg-x11-fonts package
Cust a thought here. If it does make a difference, can enabling the TTF/OTF
font be conditional? That is, it is only enabled if the user has selected
Amharic as their installation language? I'm not clear on the run-time vs
(In reply to comment #4)
> Cust a thought here. If it does make a difference, can enabling the TTF/OTF
> font be conditional? That is, it is only enabled if the user has selected
> Amharic as their installation language? I'm not clear on the run-time vs
> build-time differences.
The rpm packaging just packages the fonts. It's up to the installer
to decide what packages end up getting installed.
I've discussed this with Owen a bit, and we've decided that we can enable
the ethiopic font (.otf/.ttf) that is supplied by X.Org for testing purposes
for the time being. Assuming the font works out ok, and does not regress
other language installations (like some of the X.org supplied Syriac fonts
have done in the past), we may be able to ship these fonts in FC5.
I will enable the ethiopic font package in the next xorg-x11-fonts package
rebuild, and update the report once that's complete.
The ethiopic TTF/OTF fonts are now built as part of the new
Please test these fonts as much as possible both with ethiopic writing,
as well as with standard English, and whatever other languages you use
on a general basis. Hopefully the fonts contain no bad codepoints for
Thanks in advance.