delubrum.org: free open source font resources

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There are few webpages listing free font resources that are free in the sense of the Free Software Foundation. Free software is similar to (but slightly different than) open source software, and includes such software projects as GNU and Linux. This webpage focuses on free font resources primarily for European Latin-based scripts, and secondarily for Greek and Cyrillic-based scripts. I don't know anything about other scripts, but I think it would be great if there were a similar page for other scripts.

I focus on scalable outline fonts (usually in Postscript Type 1, TrueType, or OpenType format), but there are also very nice bitmap fonts, particularly monospaced fonts for coding.

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These are scalable outline fonts in TrueType, Postscript Type 1, or OpenType format. These fonts are all really free, in the sense that they can be used (including commercially), modified, and redistributed. There might be other restrictions, however.
The last column lists whether or not the font has support for TeX. The article A Survey of Free Math Fonts contains a more detailed survey on which free fonts for TeX/LaTeX also have math support.
I'm also working on a script to produce samples of each font in PDF format and in PNGs on an HTML page. The main tools are bash scripts, AbiWord, Ghostscript, and ImageMagick.

Disclaimer: I've tried to keep this list accurate and current, but I make no guarantees. Please make sure that you verify the license information before you use any of these fonts.

font author license glyphs styles TeX
Ghostscript fonts; extended to include Cyrillic by Valek Fillipov URW++ GPL with font embedding exception Latin, Cyrillic serif, sans, mono; r,i,b,bi yes
TeX Gyre fonts; extensions of URW++/Ghostscript GPL fonts GUST e-foundry: Boguslaw Jackowski and Janusz M. Nowacki GUST Font License Latin, Cyrillic serif, sans, mono; r,i,b,bi yes
GhostPCL fonts URW++ AFPL: comm, mod, no$ Latin, Greek?, Cyrillic serif, sans, mono; r,i,b,bi Garamond
Free UCS Outline Fonts; based on URW++/Ghostscript GPL fonts; FreeSerif Greek from OmegaSerif several contributors GPL Latin, Greek, Cyrillic serif, sans, mono; r,i,b,bi no
Liberation Steve Matteson of Ascender Corp and Red Hat GPL+font exception Latin, Greek, Cyrillic serif, sans, mono; r,i,b,bi no
CM Unicode; there are other free conversions of TeX fonts such as CM-Super and cm-lgc; these can probably be found on CTAN converted by Andrey V. Panov X11 Latin, Greek, Cyrillic serif, sans, mono; r,i,b,bi of course!
STIX fonts STI Pub Companies comm, mod Latin, Greek, math serif; r,i,b,bi yes, text and math
Antykwa Torunska, Antykwa Poltawskiego, Kurier, and Iwona Boguslaw Jackowski GUST Font License Latin, Greek, Cyrillic serif, sans; r,i,b,bi yes
Bitstream Vera Jim Lyles of Bitstream and the Gnome Foundation Bitstream Vera license: comm, mod Latin serif, sans, mono; r,o,b,bo bera
Deja Vu: an extension of Bitstream Vera several contributors Bitstream Vera license: comm, mod Latin, Greek, Cyrillic serif, sans, mono; r,i,b,bi no
Arev Sans: an extension of Bitstream Vera Sans Tavmjong Bah Bitstream Vera license: comm, mod Latin, Greek, Cyrillic sans; r,o,b,bo arev
Utopia Adobe comm, mod; license Latin serif; r,i,b,bi yes, text and math
Bitstream Charter, distributed with X.org and on CTAN Bitstream comm, mod; license Latin serif; r,i,b,bi yes
Bitstream Courier 10 Pitch, distributed with X.org Bitstream comm, mod; license Latin serif, mono; r,i,b,bi no
MgOpen fonts: Canonica, Cosmetica, Modata, Moderna Magenta Ltd. Bitstream Vera license: comm, mod Latin, Greek serif, sans; r,i,b,bi no
Epigrafica: derived from MgOpen Cosmetica; harmonizes with Optima Antonis Tsolomitis Bitstream Vera license: comm, mod Latin, Greek sans; r,i,b,bi yes
Kerkis; harmonizes with Bookman Antonis Tsolomitis LaTeX Project Public License Latin, Greek serif, sans; r,i,b,bi yes
GFS Artemisia, GFS Baskerville, GFS Bodoni, GFS Bodoni Classic, GFS Complutum, GFS Didot, GFS Didot Classic, GFS Neohellenic, GFS Olga, GFS Porson, GFS Solomos, GFS Theokritos Greek Font Society Open Font License Latin, Greek serif, sans; r,i,b,bi yes
Gentium, Gentium Basic (includes bold) Victor Gaultney, SIL Open Font License Latin, Greek serif; r,i,b,bi in progress
Charis SIL; derived from Bitstream Charter SIL Open Font License Latin, Cyrillic serif; r,i,b,bi no
Doulos SIL; harmonizes with Times SIL Open Font License Latin, Cyrillic serif; r no
Andika SIL Open Font License Latin sans serif; r no
Inconsolata Raph Levien Open Font License Latin mono; r in progress
Linux Libertine Philipp H. Poll GPL and OFL Latin, Greek, Cyrillic serif; r,i,b yes
Junicode Peter Baker GPL Latin, IPA serif; r,i,b,bi no
Old Standard Alexey Kryukov OFL Latin, Greek, Cyrillic serif; r,i no
efont-serif Electronic Font Open Laboratory GPL Latin serif; r,i,b,bi yes
Garava, Guru, Hattha, Kabala, Carita, Odana, Talapanna, Veluvana, Akkhara, Verajja Bhikkhu Pesala GPL? (Vera license for Verajja, OFL for Akkhara) Latin, Greek serif; r,i,b,bi no
Thryomanes Herman Miller GPL Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, IPA serif; r,i,b,bi no
Caslon and other free fonts George Williams comm, mod Latin, Greek, Cyrillic serif; r,i,b,bi no
Century Catalogue Raph Levien Open Font License Latin serif; r no
Legendum and Garogier Rogier van Dalen GPL Latin, Greek serif, sans; r no
Tiresias fonts RNIB SRU GPLv3 Latin sans; r,i,b no
Beteckna; inspired by Futura Johan Mattsson GPL Latin sans; r,i,b no
Tuffy Thatcher Ulrich public domain Latin sans; r,o,b,bo no
TuffyMH4; download Joe Waco? public domain Latin sans; r no
Dustismo Roman and Sans; other fonts Dustin Norlander comm, mod Latin, Greek serif, sans; r,i,b,bi no
Teams Top Team Co comm, mod Latin, Cyrillic sans; r,i,b,bi no
Radis Sans RadisNoir OFL Latin sans; r,b no
Hindsight Unicode Darren Rigby comm, mod Latin, Greek, Cyrillic serif; r,i no
Summersby; download Sergej Malinovski GPL Latin, Greek, Cyrillic sans; r no
FixedSys Lars Naber GPL Latin mono; r no
Terminus Font (bitmap); TrueType version Dimitar Zhekov GPL Latin mono; r no
Ubuntu-Title Andy Fitzsimon LGPL Latin ornamental; r no
Dark Garden Michał Kosmulski GPL Latin ornamental; r no
Old Slavic Valek Filippov GPL Latin, Cyrillic ornamental; r no
Isaballe Breviary, Essays 1743, and Stay-Puft Marshmallow John Stracke GPL Latin ornamental; r no
Mattt's free fonts Matt Chisholm and others GPL Latin ornamental; r no
Some Juicy Fonts: SteveHand and Delphine Steve Jordi GPL Latin ornamental; r no
LEBENangst, Oblok, Schmutzy Degraded Paul Hanley GPL Latin ornamental; r no
Copacetix, Pixelish, I.M. Slack, Steal This Font James Kendall Creative Commons Attr-ShareAlike Latin ornamental; r no
Breip Alan Hussey and Adam Breipohl OFL Latin ornamental; r no
VAG Unicode Greek Opentype Fonts SET1 VAG GPL Latin, Greek ornamental; r no
Arkandis Digital Foundry; primarily other free fonts reworked in Type 1 format for use in Scribus Harendal Hirwen AFPL, Utopia license, Bitstream Vera license Latin sans, serif; r,i,b,bi no
Crud Factor fonts: BonvenoCF and ProcionoCF Barry Schwartz GPL Latin sans, serif; r no
James Kilfiger fonts, mainly handwriting James Kilfiger OFL Latin ornamental; r no
FreqMod Clear and Artistic Frederik Vestre OFL Latin ornamental; r no
Unicode Fonts for Ancient Scripts George Douros comm, mod Latin, Greek r no

Key: comm: commercial use permitted; mod: modifications permitted, possibly with some naming or acknowledgement restriction; no$: may not be sold or charged for redistribution
styles: roman, italic, oblique, bold, bold italic, bold oblique.

Notable Free-as-in-Beer Fonts

These are scalable outline fonts in TrueType, Postscript Type 1, or OpenType format. These fonts are free to use and distribute, but not free to modify.
The last column lists whether or not the font has support for TeX.

font author glyphs styles TeX
Luxi Bigelow and Holmes Latin serif, sans, mono; r,i,b,bi yes, text
IBM Courier, distributed with X.org; Debian view on license IBM Latin mono; r,i,b,bi no
Core web fonts: Andale Mono, Arial, Arial Black, Comic Sans, Courier New, Georgia, Impact, Times New Roman, Trebuchet, Verdana, Webdings, and Tahoma Microsoft Latin, Greek, Cyrillic serif, sans, mono; r,i,b,bi yes, text
OpenSymbol, distributed with OpenOffice.org; contains Lucida italic Greek letters ??? Greek serif; i no
GFS Elpis Greek Font Society Latin, Greek serif, sans; r,i,b,bi yes
jGaramond Jan Thor Latin, Greek, Cyrillic sans; r,i,b no
Larabie fonts; my favorites: Cretino and Blue Highway Ray Larabie Latin serif, sans; r,i,b,bi no
typOasis featuring several designers, including Manfred Klein Latin serif, sans; r,i,b,bi no
exljbris fonts: Delicious, Fontin, Fontin Sans, Tallys, Fertigo, and Diavlo Jos Buivenga Latin sans, serif; r,i,b,bi no
ProFontWindows (license) Andrew Welch, Carl Osterwald, Steve Gilardi, Tobias Jung Latin mono; r no
Envy Code R Damien Guard Latin mono; r,b,i no
Anonymous: TTF version of Mac bitmap font, often used for coding Mark Simonson Latin mono; r no

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