Bye Bye BDFs
Until recently, Pango used FreeType to draw fonts. They will be moving over to Harfbuzz, an evolution of FreeType.
In short, FreeType was hard to work with. It required complex logic, and provided no advantage over Harfbuzz (other than being able to fetch opentype metrics with ease).
Upgrading to Pango v1.44 will break your GTK applications (if you use
pcf bitmap font). Harfbuzz does
support bitmap-only OpenType fonts,
otbs. Convert your
existing fonts over to
otbs using FontForge. It is to be noted that
applications such as
xft (X FreeType) to render fonts, and will remain
unaffected by the update.
I'm Akshay, programmer and pixel-artist.