Ugly font on Tim Berners-Lee's home page

From: "Robert A. Kelly III" 
Has anyone else noticed this issue with Palatino/URW Palladio L (such as
on Tim Berners-Lee's home page), coming out all wobbly, with different
letters rendering at different heights? I have specifically observed it
on Debian with default settings, does anyone know of other distros it
does or does not affect? It seems like it would be fairly simple for a
distro to either turn off hinting or use autohinting for URW Palladio L
by default.

=============================================================== From: Chad Smith ------------------------------------------------------ yes, because that is much easier than getting a real font. But, yeah, I guess it is good to know how to tunr off hinting. *- Chad W. Smith*

=============================================================== From: "Robert A. Kelly III" ------------------------------------------------------ Well, it is not exactly legal to use the real Palatino Linotype without a license. You can purchase it for only $594, though.

=============================================================== From: Ed King ------------------------------------------------------ his webpage looks just fine to me (slackware 14, firefox 15) but then again I think 9pin dot matrix printers are the shiznit

=============================================================== From: Chad Smith ------------------------------------------------------ Or if you have a valid license for any of the following: Office Professional Edition 2003 Windows 2000 Windows 7 Windows 8 Windows Server 2003 Windows Server 2008 Windows Vista Windows XP Windows XP SP2 Then you have a valid license for that font. If you need one, I have about 10 cases with XP licenses on them. *- Chad W. Smith*

=============================================================== From: Chad Smith ------------------------------------------------------ There's also this: and here you can get the Palatino license for only $29 (not some insane $549) (and that's, btw, so seems legit) And there are other options... *- Chad W. Smith*

=============================================================== From: "Robert A. Kelly III" ------------------------------------------------------ This looks interesting, it is supposed to be expanded from URW Palladio L so it contains many more glyphs, but I'm not sure if the hinting has been improved. Note that is per font face. You will want at least regular, bold, italic, and bold italic for $116. It appears this still contains a much smaller set of glyphs than the complete Palatino Linotype. Of course, many people will want to use free fonts for the same reason many people choose to use free software. Debian, of course, contains only free software (including fonts) by default, for similar reasons. I've never read the licensing details on the fonts included with Windows, so I'm not sure if the conditions technically allow you to use them with a different OS, or on other computers, etc. Using a free operating system and then licensing a proprietary one to get a font seems a bit antithetical, lol. Of course, if you are dual-booting why not use the font you've already licensed with that other OS? Anyone care to explore the details of using Palatino from your Windows install on Linux? Or, more challenging, explore the relevant licensing terms to see if this is technically permitted? Of course there are quite a few alternatives, but the article also says URW Palladio L is the only one that is legally free. (It does mention the derivatives TeX Gyre Pagella and FPL Neu.) Has anyone tried one of these derivatives? I suppose you could technically substitute any font you wanted for Palatino, although I'm not sure what the implications are with Palatino being specified by PostScript standards.