|Designer(s)||Philipp H. Poll|
|Foundry||Libertine Open Fonts Project|
|Date released||September 23, 2003|
|License||GPL / OFL|
|Shown here||Version 5.3.0|
|Latest release version||5.3.0|
|Latest release date||July 6, 2012|
Linux Libertine is a digital typeface created by the Libertine Open Fonts Project, which aims to create free and open alternatives to proprietary typefaces such as Times New Roman. It is developed with the free font editor FontForge and is licensed under the GNU General Public License and the SIL Open Font License.
The typeface has five styles: regular, bold, italic, bold italic, and small capitals, all of which are available in TrueType and OpenType format, as well as in source code. The OpenType version allows automatic positioning and substitution, including true fractions, ligatures and kerning. A display type variant, while similar in letter form, is lighter in weight and bears a closer resemblance to old-style types such as Palatino.
Linux Libertine contains more than 2,000 glyphs and encompasses character sets such as the Greek Alphabet, Cyrillic script, and Hebrew alphabet. Additionally, it offers several ligatures (such as ff, fi, and ct, and the capital ß). It also includes special characters such as International Phonetic Alphabet, arrows, floral symbols, Roman numbers, text figures, and small caps. The Tux mascot is included at the Unicode code point U+E000.
In 2010, Linux Libertine was adopted as an open-source substitute for the Hoefler Text typeface in the redesign of the Wikipedia logo, making it possible to localize the popflock.com resource identity into more than 250 languages and character sets. The "W" character, which had previously been used in various other places in popflock.com resource (such as the favicon) and was a "distinctive part of the popflock.com resource brand", had "crossed" V glyphs in the original logo, while Linux Libertine has a joined W letter shape. As a solution, the "crossed" W was added to Linux Libertine as an OpenType variant.
Németh László created a variant of fonts with additional Graphite font tables: Linux Libertine G and Linux Biolinum G. Both these fonts are bundled with LibreOffice as of the suite's 3.3 release, with some features added in the 3.5 release. LibreOffice is the default office suite in many Linux distributions, such as Fedora,Linux Mint,openSUSE and Ubuntu.
Khaled Hosny forked Linux Libertine to create the Libertinus Serif font, which added multiple enhancements to the original font. He also created Libertinus Math based on the same font to add mathematical layout extensions. Additionally, there are Libertinus Sans and Libertinus Mono which are based on Linux Biolinium and Linux Libertine Mono respectively. Since Libertine's releases came to a halt in 2012, the actively developed Libertinus fonts are a de facto continuation of the stalled Libertine project.