Alexandra Korolkova of ParaType spoke at TypeCon 2010 about two new freely licensed fonts: PT Sans and PT Serif. They were commissioned by the Russian government. PT Sans is available for download and PT Serif will be released later this year.
These are well hinted TrueType fonts, designed for screen, and are very freely licensed. Highly recommended for text at small sizes.
In addition to the TTF package, there’s also a package for instant web gratification, containing uncompressed EOT “Lite” files and WOFF files. (Hey, ParaType, ain’t ya heard of EOTFAST?)
[Caution: FOUT Alert] Because of the extensive language support, there are a lot of glyphs and so the files are relatively large. If your site is in English, you might want to subset down to more manageable sizes. The Font Squirrel @Font-Face Generator can be of help with that. Also – just a tip – the TTF files in the package are strangely named – preview them to find out which font is the regular, which the bold, the italic, etc….
Here are images of what PT Sans looks like:
Can’t wait to see the serif font later this year.