Fonts for RedHat Linux

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Jul 27, 2009 Jul 27, 2009

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The Adobe font store lists fonts for Windows and Mac.  What about fonts for Linux?

We are using LaTeX on RedHat Linux and a requirement is to use the Adobe Univers 57 Condensed font family in a report I am generating.

The IT department is leaning towards requiring use of Type 1 fonts rather than allowing use of OpenType fonts.

Which Type 1 product (Mac or Windows)  do we need to license for use on Linux?  And just in case they allow OpenType fonts, which OpenType product (Mac or Windows)  do we need to license for use on Linux?

Is there anything else we need to consider in regards to using Adobe Fonts on Linux?  Same for use with LaTeX on Linux?

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Enthusiast , Jul 27, 2009 Jul 27, 2009

You can almost certainly use Windows Type 1 fonts in your Linux app (though some require .AFM files, these are also supplied with the fonts, even though Windows doesn't need them).


On the OpenType side, the fonts are the same files for Mac and Windows.


Your only complication is that to use the Adobe download manager and get the files in the first place, you may have to do the purchase from either Windows or Mac OS.


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T

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You can almost certainly use Windows Type 1 fonts in your Linux app (though some require .AFM files, these are also supplied with the fonts, even though Windows doesn't need them).


On the OpenType side, the fonts are the same files for Mac and Windows.


Your only complication is that to use the Adobe download manager and get the files in the first place, you may have to do the purchase from either Windows or Mac OS.


Regards,


T

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Just to be sure ...

If we must use Type 1 fonts, buy the Windows Type 1 fonts and use them in Linux.

Provided we only use the fonts in the Linux box, Adobe is okay with this from a licensing perspective?

Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions.

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There is nothing in Adobe's Type EULA (End User License Agreement) that precludes use on Linux.

          - Dov

- Dov Isaacs, former Adobe Principal Scientist (April 30, 1990 - May 30, 2021)

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1) Yes.


2) Unless it's changed recently, Adobe's font licensing does not place any platform restrictions on the user AFAIK. (Not that I'm a lawyer, and I don't work at Adobe any more, but I used to be intimately involved in this stuff.) They don't care what platform you use it on, they're just describing the physical format of the fonts and which download manager app they'll invoke when you do your purchase.


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