Bug 56802 - freetype (2.0.3) is build without the TTF bytecode interpreter, but freetype 1.4 in the same package is.
Summary: freetype (2.0.3) is build without the TTF bytecode interpreter, but freetype ...
Status: CLOSED DUPLICATE of bug 56646
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: freetype
Version: 7.2
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Mike A. Harris
QA Contact: Brock Organ
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2001-11-27 23:29 UTC by ben.de.rydt
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:38 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-01-18 08:47:33 UTC

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Description ben.de.rydt 2001-11-27 23:29:50 UTC
Description of Problem:

Since release 2.0.3, the TTF bytecode interpreter is no longer selected 
by default in freetype, due to possible legal problems (patent issues).
However, the freetype 1.4 package, contained in the freetype-2.0.3-7 rpm 
does contain the bytecode interpreter.

For the user, this is unfortunate: the output of freetype without the 
bytecode interpreter is horrible at its best and plain unreadable at 
small fontsizes at its worst. For RedHat this is unfortunate because 
there may be a possible legal problem.

In the default RedHat 7.2 configuration, TTF-fonts are more usable 
without antialiasing than with, i.e. by using the bytecode interpreter is 
xfs than using the Xft-library without the interpreter.

Comment 1 Mike A. Harris 2002-01-18 08:47:28 UTC
I agree completely with you.  I have brought this issue up with our
legal department, and decision makers, and hopefully will have a
definitive answer on this issue soon.  2.0.6 is in rawhide now.

Comment 2 Mike A. Harris 2002-01-23 19:48:35 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 56646 ***

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