[OpenJDK 2D-Dev] [Accessibility]Add fontconfig.properties files for SLES10/11, RHEL5, Ubuntu 8.04 etc
philip.race at oracle.com
Fri Nov 4 17:23:52 UTC 2011
Let me try to explain it a bit more.
Oracle has chosen to "certify" a small number of Linux distros because
we can't test them all.
That is 100% unrelated to which distros have a fontconfig.properties.
We can certify just fine on ones that DO NOT have such a file.
ie existence of fontconfig.properties != certifiable.
The existence of such a file for ANY distro in JDK 7 can be considered
If you create one you have to go to the trouble of finding good fonts
will be there and you have to figure out where they are etc.
OpenJDK can't even rely on the Lucida fonts (I hope your patches weren't
on them else the assertion this would help openjdk would be very far
truth) that we traditionally used for support of West European.
The maintenance issue is that when Ubuntu.NEXT comes out, you need to
provide a new file. Now its darn near impossible, unless you are the distro,
to sync up a JDK release with an Ubuntu release.
So whilst I see no problem with Ubuntu providing a custom file with their
bundled OpenJDK build, they don't need to if they don't want to. But
every one else should keep well away
We do not have the resources to keep up.
So the supported, standard, going forward solution is to NEVER use these
We came *this close* to deleting the lot of them in JDK 7, even the ones you
see now. A few were kept around for reasons that were not essential.
So that, in a long nutshell, is why I don't want to see them re-appear,
for OpenJDK and especially for platforms we aren't going to be able to test.
On 11/4/2011 1:09 AM, Jing Lv wrote:
> Hello Phil,
> Thanks for reply. I understand the standard JDK (the Oracle
> JDK7 etc) may have some standard to follow which is judged by business
> Anyway for the OpenJDK community, I guess it may be more helpful
> to open to someone is interested in and willing to contribute, and
> then with these patches the OpenJDK may support more platforms or have
> better accessibility - at least it's no harm to the community, and a
> plus to the code base.
> I don't catch you what "maintenance pain" it is, as the patch is
> just a few plain text configuration, without complex logic and may not
> break any thing.
> On 2011/11/4 0:19, Phil Race wrote:
>> 1. Adding a fontconfig.properties for a distro and version will not
>> make it appear on the
>> Oracle supported/certified list. It will remain
>> unsupport/uncertified as that's a business decision.
>> 2. Adding fontconfig.properties files is not needed in JDK 7. See
>> "Support for Linux Fonts" at
>> The result is JDK uses the same fonts as the Linux desktop for
>> logical fonts which I think is a plus.
>> So I don't see such a patch as needed. It just restores the
>> maintenance pain we have just got rid of.
>> On 11/3/11 12:42 AM, Jing Lv wrote:
>>> (Forward this mail for 2d list as it is more appropriate)
>>> I see in the list
>>> , so openjdk has the same list for support platform as standard
>>> jdk), SLES10/11, RHEL5 are on the list (surprising ubuntu is not),
>>> so I suppose fontconfig.properties is required for SLES10/11,
>>> RHEL5, I'd like to post the patch if no objection.
>>> -------- Original Message --------
>>> Subject: [Accessibility]Add fontconfig.properties files for
>>> SLES10/11, RHEL5, Ubuntu 8.04 etc
>>> Date: Wed, 02 Nov 2011 14:46:51 +0800
>>> From: Jing Lv <lvjing at linux.vnet.ibm.com>
>>> To: swing-dev at openjdk.java.net
>>> I happen to find out JDK7 miss fontconfig.properties for
>>> SLES10/11, RHEL5, Ubuntu 8.04 etc. Are these platforms supported by
>>> OpenJDK? If so, I suppose add them may be friendly to the customers
>>> working on that. I've prepare some patch, the file
>>> fontconfig.properties and modification on the makefile. I'd like to
>>> it on the list if no objection.
>>> Thank you.
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