The so-called Ubuntu Font Family has been published in the official Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat repositories and has been configured as the default font for the desktop and netbook editions of the Canonical distribution, which appeared in its final version in 2010.
What is Ubuntu?
Ubuntu is an operating system for workstations, laptops and servers, the world’s most popular Linux distribution. Among the main goals of Ubuntu is to provide modern and at the same time stable software for the average user with a strong emphasis on ease of installation and use.
Ubuntu provides the user with a minimal set of general-purpose programs: a multi-window desktop environment, Internet browsers, e-mail organization, office programs that can read and write files in the formats used in Microsoft Office, an image editor, a CD player, and more. Specialized software needed by more experienced users can be obtained from the appropriate repositories. The server version of the system also includes the tools needed to organize a database server, web server, e-mail server, and so on.
About Ubuntu Font
Ubuntu Font belongs to the Sans-Serif family designed by Dalton Mac. Sponsored by Canonical, it is designed to be a modern and humanist typeface. The font contains 1200 characters and contains Latin (A + B), Greek and Cyrillic characters. This font was built over a period of approximately nine months, and the first version was available in a limited format through beta software until September 2010. On Ubuntu, it has become the new default font since Ubuntu 10.10 was released. Among the font designers is Vincent Connery, the creator of the Comic Sans and Trebuchet MS fonts.
Ubuntu Font was developed by Dalton Maag on behalf of Canonical during 2010-2012. It was part of the rebranding of the Linux distribution of the same name Ubuntu. It is used for marketing purposes as well as in the user interface of the operating system itself. A beta version was made available to the public on July 7, 2010. In October 2010, it first appeared as the default font in Ubuntu release 10.10 and then included regular, bold, italic, and bold italics. The other versions were added later.
Ubuntu Font is fully Unicode compatible and contains extended Latin A and B character sets, polytonic Greek, and Cyrillic extended character sets. Moreover, this was the first typeface to be included by default in the OS to include the symbol for the Indian rupee (₹). The font is primarily designed for screen use, and the spacing between it and body text sizes has been improved.
Ubuntu Font Licensing
The font is released under the SIL Open Font License. This license allows copyright and fonts to be “free to use, read, modify and redistribute” in accordance with the terms set forth therein. All derivative works must be under the same license.
Ubuntu can be paired with “Roboto” perfectly and can be used to create cool works on logos, texts, presentations, posters, magazines, notices, headlines, name cards, magazines, web layouts, invitations, headlines, brands, and any other related business.
The final development is intended to include a total of thirteen fonts consisting of:
- Ubuntu in Thin, Light, Light Italic, Regular, Italic, Medium, Medium Italic, Bold, and Bold Italic
- Ubuntu Mono in Regular, Italic, Bold, and Bold Italic
- Ubuntu Condensed in Regular only