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On Wednesday 02 May 2012 07:42 my mailbox was graced by a message from Tom 
Davies who wrote:
Surprise, the default fonts for both the slides (Thorndale) and the notes
(Albany) are not installed on my box, and worse, they do not exist for
free download but must be purchased.
I read on the net that the problem is a carry over from the days of Star
Office, and later Open Office.
Should not Libre Office get rid of those relics of the past, and put as
defaults some fonts that are available for free ?

Fonts are tricky.  Luckily someone on this list can often help people find
an appropriate font.  The OS should have a lot of free fonts included and
it's usually possible to get a few more through searches.  MS core fonts
can usually be added as a single package.  For others you need to do a
search, avoid them, pay up or find someone else that has already done a
search for nearest equivalents. 

I know all that; the question is: is it right for a free software to have, as 
default, fonts that have to be bought separately when there are plenty free 
alternatives ?
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               If you have some ice cream, I will give it to you.     
               If you have no ice cream, I will take it away from you.
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