I just tried installing Intel(R) Graphics Installer 1.0.5 for Linux* from https://01.org/linuxgraphics/downloads and it installed ttf-ancient-fonts. Any ideas on why do they need it?

Related forum topic is https://01.org/linuxgraphics/node/331 but I don't want to register there yet.

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    I don't see any reference to ancient fonts in the 01.org thread. The dependency seems silly based on the description of ttf-ancient-fonts but perhaps the Intel graphics installer wants to make sure the symbol blocks from the Unicode standard are covered. No idea really. – Dan Dascalescu Mar 30 '15 at 4:08
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    There is a newer version here: download.01.org/gfx/src and I dont see any direct references to ttf in the src folder. but, a gtk library could have some underlying dependency. or some other library.. i just saw references to gtk... – j0h Jul 24 '15 at 21:14
  • @int_ua - is your installation adjusted to unicode-utf8 charsets ?! – dschinn1001 Aug 7 '15 at 23:15
  • @dschinn1001 I didn't understand nor the first question nor the second comment, please elaborate. – int_ua Aug 12 '15 at 0:39
  • recovery partition given or dual-boot installation?... – dschinn1001 Aug 18 '15 at 8:27

We (the team who wrote the installer) use a few symbols like ⏳ (HOURGLASS WITH FLOWING SAND) in the UI (in some activity messages the installer sends and so forth): installing ttf-ancient-fonts means there's guaranteed to be a font with enough unicode coverage that they show up.

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    Who is "we"? Why isn't is a core system requirement, and only the Intel drivers? – Oli Aug 12 '15 at 21:06
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    We there is Intel, he didn't specify but that is Vivi Rodrigo the package maintainer who I emailed to get an answer for this question. He works for intel. – Martin Owens -doctormo- Aug 12 '15 at 22:14
  • I'm not Rodrigo, but he did ask me to reply to this since I was on the installer team. – fledermaus Aug 12 '15 at 22:17
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    @fledermaus Maybe you should have explained that in the answer, so we can have a better understanding of it. :) – Mitch Aug 13 '15 at 7:05

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