OLPC Laptop

HaleyFiege's picture

It arrived!

I thought I'd give you a list of fonts it came with. I haven't heard of any of them, maybe someone can illuminate us.

Abyssinica SIL
DejaVu LGC Sans Mono
DejaVu Sans
DejaVu Serif
Garuda
KacstArt
KacstBook
KacstDecorative
KacstDigital
KacstFarsi
KacstLetter
KacstPoster
KacstQuraFixed
KacstQuran
KacstTitle
KacstTitleL
Loma
Nafees
Norasi
PakTypeNaqsh
PakTypeTahreer
Purisa
TlwgMono
TlwgTypewriter

Si_Daniels's picture

DejaVu is a derivative of Bitstream Vera, the open source font they did for Gnome foundation. The others are likely open source non-latin fonts.

HaleyFiege's picture

Yeah I assume they're all open source since it's one of the principals behind the laptop. Do we know who designed any of them?

Si_Daniels's picture

Vera was designed by Jim Lyles - as for others you can probably find information on Sourceforge...

http://sourceforge.net/

Cheers, Si

1985's picture

By saying it arrived, do you mean you own one?

I am really impressed by what little I know about this piece of kit.
Has anyone seen the Motorola MOTOFONE? It's single handedly taking typography back to year zero :)

Si_Daniels's picture

>Has anyone seen the Motorola MOTOFONE? It’s single handedly taking typography back to year zero :)

Offtopic. I don't think Moto does fonts well. The anti-iPhone, maybe? Has anyone seen the new cross-handset Verizon fonts Monotype announced today?

aric's picture

There's a table at the bottom of this page that might answer some of your questions.

It's clear from the list of fonts that the main goal driving font selection is to support the writing systems of the XO's target populations. Abyssinica SIL is for Ge'ez (Ethiopic); DejaVu handles Roman, Greek, and Cyrillic, and may provide partial support for some other scripts; Garuda, Loma, Norasi, Purisa, and the Tlwg fonts do Thai; and the Kacst fonts, Nafees, and the PakType fonts do Arabic script.

Of those fonts, I've used the DejaVu fonts and Abyssinica SIL. The DejaVu fonts support a lot of languages, which I appreciate; they're not the most attractive fonts in the world, though, as you may have noticed. Abyssinica SIL is a good looking font as far as I can tell (I don't read Ge'ez or speak any language that uses it). No bold or italic, but it was plenty good for a few papers on Amharic. It's developed under the auspices of the SIL Non-Roman Script Initiative.

dan_reynolds's picture

Does the OLPC support Devanagari? Their wiki isn't exactly clear, and the fonts they mention there aren't on the list a top this thread!

Si_Daniels's picture

Looks like it does...

http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Khairat_Chronicle

...mentions a Marathi font which uses Devanagari script.

Cheers, Si

dan_reynolds's picture

Yeah, I think that from the whole language about Devanagari and Hindi that it does, too. But why no properly-delineated font list! Isn't that what a wiki-formated webpage should be all about? What if I were asking the same question, but for Tamil, or Korean, or Mongolian? Haley's list in the opening thread is not a long font list at all. There are more fonts that fit with their values that they could have included, I think.

HaleyFiege's picture

Yes I own one.

The keyboard is in English and from the sounds of it they have different keyboards for the different regions so that would explain why my laptop didn't come with any other language fonts.

dan_reynolds's picture

OK. I heard this from someone else today, too. Oh well!

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