Looking at the Wikipedia page, as well as the conversations given in the proof: "Consolas used to have bad copyright but I made it open source!" and "Consolas now has twice the amount of designers it used to have.", it does look like some sort of twisted joke. My bad for this, we still have to hear from Microsoft but I don't think this is legit.
It's also not open source in the sense that there's no source -- he's just using the repository as a dropbox for each final version of the compiled font file. The uncompiled versions of each character aren't there, and I can't track changes through the commit history. Here's an example of what an open source font repo should look like: https://github.com/konpa/devicon/
If this really is from Microsoft (which I'm doubting more and more) and they're trying to make Consolas open source, I'm all for it, but there's more to open sourcing something than just dumping it onto GitHub.
> In the United States, once you own a copy of a program, you can back it up, compile it, run it, and even modify it as necessary, without permission from the copyright holder. See 17 USC 117.
> For example, after purchasing a copy of Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Workstation---which is a poorly tuned version of NT 4.0 Server, minus a few utilities---you can back it up, apply a small patch that fixes the tuning, and run the result.
Whether the law is enforcable in court is another matter:
> Ten years ago, the SPA convinced Louisiana to subvert the will of Congress by passing a law that declared shrinkwrap licenses enforceable. In Vault v. Quaid, 847 F.2d 255 (5th Cir. 1988), this law was struck down. Federal copyright law preempts state law.
> The SPA didn't give up. It keeps arguing in court that, gee, if all these software makers claim that you can't use the software without a license, then they can't all be wrong, can they? (Ignore the fact that they're willingly selling their software to the public.)
> The SPA lost again in Step-Saver but then won in ProCD. I expect the Supreme Court to step in within the next few years to resolve the dispute in favor of Vault and Step-Saver.
Vernor v. Autodesk (decided by the Ninth Circuit in 2010) held that it is possible for companies to license you software in lieu of selling it, which pretty much is the exact opposite of the contention here. And when you're a licensee, not an owner, well, §107 doesn't apply here at all.
If you use consolas with cmd.exe on Windows this new font will break it. the
font is stuck in italic mode in the console. for anyone foolish enough to
install this font, first delete all Consolas fonts from Control panel. then
gather correct fonts using virtual machine:
copy C:\Windows\Fonts\consola.ttf .
copy C:\Windows\Fonts\consolab.ttf .
copy C:\Windows\Fonts\consolai.ttf .
copy C:\Windows\Fonts\consolaz.ttf .
There's multiple references to it being "open source" but no license to back it.
Another file (consolasboldmod8.2.sfd) has this text: "Copyright: (c) 2018 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved." which I believe is not open source either.
Some files have empty copyright, some files have string "Copyright: Consolas is rightfully public domain it isn't copyrighted by Microsoft or anything". I believe there should be some additional cleanup work to be done.
WTF does that even mean ?!
I've to admit I'm a user of Consolas and actually prefer it over all these alternatives (https://app.programmingfonts.org/).
One reason: I like the italics. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
> Open source is the future, whether you like it or not. Consolas is one of the things that became open source as a result of future.
It seems like he made it open source without permission...
Obvious /s of course