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I want to use URW-garamond but it seems although this source claims I probably should have it I do not. Furthermore this question on this site indicates that I in fact should not at all expect to have it on my system. So now I want to know two things:

  1. What in it's license makes it unsuitable for inclusion in LaTeX distributions and

  2. Given that I actually can get it how would I go about installing it on different distributions? (I use tex-live on Ubuntu and Mac and TeXworks on Windows but please list all distributions you can think of)

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ctan.org/pkg/urw-garamond says that the fonts are free for private use, but not for commercial use. You can download the fonts from the same location. – Caramdir Jun 4 '11 at 19:29
And if you want to buy the commercial fonts from e.g. urw.de, using them with XeTeX or LuaTeX will be easy. – Martin Schröder Jun 4 '11 at 22:47
Note also that EB Garamond is another great, open-source Garamond font, which you can use with XeTeX or LuaTeX. – ℝaphink Sep 20 '11 at 17:28
To the best of my knowledge ctan.org/pkg/urw-garamond doesn't have real small caps. Having them is a must (IMHO). I've used Adobe Garamond Premiere Pro with XeLaTeX and with pdflatex. The first works out of the box but XeLaTeX isn't fully compatible with microtype yet. The second route requires otftotfm and this worked fine. I've described the implementation details of the ```otftotfm`'' route in LaTeX and Friend but for a different typeface: Nexus. – Marc van Dongen Nov 22 '12 at 8:45
@IRaphink Nice information. Didn't know about that. – Marc van Dongen Nov 22 '12 at 9:06
up vote 17 down vote accepted
  1. It has a nosell license, and there are all types of licenses - The TeX Catalogue License Definitions. TeX distributions usually include only packages that fall in the category of Free software.
  2. There is no problem, you can install it wherever you want.

Installation instructions:

  1. Get all .afm and .pfb files from here - urw-garamond.
  2. Copy all .afm files to <root>/fonts/afm/urw/garamond, and all .pfb files to <root>/fonts/type1/urw/garamond, creating any missing folders in these paths. Where <root> is your local (recommended) or global TeX tree. In Linux local tree is called usually localtexmf, respectively texmf for the global tree. In Windows, MiKTeX has a default global tree as, for example C:\Program Files\MiKTeX 2.9 (Windows XP, MiKTeX 2.9). There is no default local tree created. You can create one via the Settings GUI.
  3. In Linux issue the command texhash as root. In Windows, for MiKTeX issue the command initexmf --update-fndb. Or via the Settings GUI press the button Refresh FNDB.
  4. If not installed, install the package mathdesign via the respective package manager. It's available in both TeXLive and MiKTeX.
  5. In preamble add \usepackage[urw-garamond]{mathdesign} to use it.

Edit: Added installation instructions.

Edit: Fixed a typo: initexmf --update-fnbd -> initexmf --update-fndb

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I was hoping for instructions on the actual installation process... – jonalv Jun 23 '11 at 19:41
Added installation instructions. – Karl Karlsson Jun 24 '11 at 14:13

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