Sunday, February 03, 2008

Samyak is in..

The long awaited Samyak fonts are finally in Fedora.

Being one of the major initial projects in my career, Samyak will always remain close to the heart. Thanks to Pravin for packaging them very well in accordance to the font SIG's guidelines and thanks to Parag for reviewing it. Thanks to Sandeep Shedmake as well for driving this in. His contributions for licensing/copyright text correction and few other bug fixes really made it happen. I had plans to put them in fedora's last two releases as well, but something else always kept it away from priority.

Somebody must have said, 'never forget to thank yourself'. So here I am, patting my own shoulder for being the initiator of the design for these fonts. One more reason to fall in love for this, the name 'Samyak', given by me, still remains a source of inspiration and attachment.

Finally how can I forget Dr. Nagarjuna G., who has been the initiator and the guiding force behind the entire project. A special thanks to him for being very helpful with the licensing issues even during the Fedora process.

Hereon, while Pravin will be interested to take on as a Fedora package maintainer for samyak-fonts, I will continue as an upstream maintainer myself. With the interest and dedication shown by Sandeep and Pravin, I can be confident to see huge quality improvements in coming times. With Sandeep being very active about the development and bug fixing, I will be really glad to see a community building around it. Now I can happily be assured that the project will live long.

[P.S. If not all, I expect a cheer from at least Oriya language community, for them being very enthusiastic about these fonts when not many of others worked up to their mark.]