This is a Feature Freeze Exception for Quantal for the 'ttf-ubuntu-font-family' binary package, which is built from the source package 'ubuntu-font-family-sources'. The only change would be to restore two '.ttf' font files that were not shipped for the final release of Precise, but which were otherwise continually present in the source package all along. The two files are the following and together take up 691kB of installed disk space (~337kB compressed on the CD):
/usr/share/fonts/truetype/ubuntu-font-family/Ubuntu-M.ttf (Ubuntu Medium)
/usr/share/fonts/truetype/ubuntu-font-family/Ubuntu-MI.ttf (Ubuntu Medium Italic)
As it stands Ubuntu's Quantal binary package is deficient and contains only a subset of the files that have otherwise been shipped. This is neither a new upstream version, nor a bugfix-only release, nor a brand new package, but a local distro packaging change.
* Shipping complete package, as is expected by our users, particular those working in DTP
* Enabling theme- and application-developers to be more creative in producing innovative human-optimised interfaces for the default software set shipping in Ubuntu
* Fix version number to not override complete builds of the .deb with this copy.
* These by itself does not cause a visible change in the default Ubuntu interface, ie those that are likely to be covered by the Ubuntu Doc Team's screenshots. It will generally cause a one-, or two-line addition to application font selection menus.
* ~337kB of CD space.
* Impacts of other software; For completeness, it should be noted there are broken applications/toolkits out there: Some tools using toolkits and applications make incorrect assumptions that the number of weights in a font where there are more than just the "simple four" of Regular/Italic/Bold/Bold-Italic. These applications already behave sub-optimally in the case of other advanced multi-weight fonts shipped in Ubuntu, such as 'fonts-linuxlibertine'; and this is not the fault of the upstream Ubuntu Font Family offering. Those applications (including Inkscape, Unity-2D in the case of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, will remain broken until they and their underlying are fixed.
The proposed one-line diff in the attached branch consists of a single-line change to 'debian/*.install':
These two files were dropped prior to the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS release for the benefit of Unity-2D, which is no longer shipped as default. Additionally it was uploaded with version number missing '~medium' thus giving no indication that the package shipped by Ubuntu is incomplete, and additionally causing the version in the distro to override otherwise complete builds of the .deb in PPAs. This is oversight that it was not reloaded in complete form on the first day of the Q cycle opening.