Unpackaged Font of the Week

Unpackaged Open Font of the Week: Anonymous Pro

Anonymous Pro is a sans-serif monospaced font intended for use by programmers and in terminal applications. The character design takes special care to differentiate between commonly-confused characters such as O, 0, I, l, 1, ,, ., and so on. The font was created by Mark Simonson based off of some of his earlier work and the original bitmap font Anonymous by Susan Lesch and David Lamkins.

Note that Mark licensed Anonymous Pro under the Open Font License very recently – as in, last Friday! My friend Corey showed me Anonymous Pro 3 weeks ago now, and I really liked it but the license wasn’t right for Fedora, so I emailed Mark and he said he’d been considering another license anyway, and here we are. 🙂 It never hurts to ask. If you see a font you like, but it’s under a freeware license that isn’t free & open source compatible, why not ask the font author to reconsider?

So, you want to package Anonymous Pro?

Fantastic! You rock! You’ll want to follow the first steps here next to the ‘if you intend to do some packaging’ header:

Our fonts packaging policy, which the above refers to, is documented here:

And if you have any questions throughout the process, don’t hesitate to ask on the Fedora Fonts SIG mailing list:

Last week’s font

Last week’s font was m plus by Morishita Coji. I’m happy to report that Igshaan Mesias has shown interest in getting m plus packaged for Fedora. The font request is currently in the “in-progress” state. Thanks Igshaan!

About Máirín Duffy

Máirín is a principal interaction designer at Red Hat. She is passionate about software freedom and free & open source tools, particularly in the creative domain: her favorite application is Inkscape. You can read more from Máirín on her blog at blog.linuxgrrl.com.


8 thoughts on “Unpackaged Open Font of the Week: Anonymous Pro

  1. pro is spelt wrong in footer of image…. ?

    Posted by rob | October 14, 2009, 1:14 pm
  2. You might want to line up another two fonts for us to do on Friday. 😉 And yep, I’ll make sure the process gets documented – though the docs for font packaging look great already, with the disclaimer that I haven’t packaged fonts specifically before.

    See you soon!

    Posted by Mel | October 15, 2009, 12:06 am


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