Red Hat has announced they’ve partnered with Ascender Corp to create some fonts that are “metrically equivalent to the leading Microsoft fonts”. You can read their press release here. This is of course a good thing for the community because it will help make sure that documents created in MS Office with MS fonts (Arial, Times New Roman, Courier New…) will look the same on on Linux with such fonts. This will generally help remove barriers to adoption for the Linux Desktop.

You know, I wish Novell had thought of this months – no, YEARs ago… Oh, wait… WE DID! SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 has been in GA release since July 2006. Because of our focus on the desktop product, we actually have been removing barriers to things like adoption and including and supporting those features in our product for nearly a year now.  Among those features are things like support for VB Macros, performance upgrades, and oh yes – special fonts which are (as was said) “metrically equivalent”.

Still, it’s nice to see Red Hat validating a part of our Linux desktop strategy… IMHO, this scenario reminds me of another company we all know (who shall remain nameless, but their name rhymes with Nikrokoft) who has a history of taking an existing idea, adopting it, and then marketing it as if it were their own. C’est la vie! I don’t know about you, but I really prefer to stick with a distro that tends to lead in innovation, rather than follow to be the “also-ran”… That’s why it’s SLED 10 for me!

But like I said earlier, this is a good thing for everyone.