This is not a finished patch, more of a request for feedback. The reason
behind this is that for the splash screen we want to be able to select the
language the first time a user starts Blender.
At the moment you would have to enable international fonts which is an
extra step. It's also not great that we can't properly display special
characters by default, also for users who want the interface in English.
The main downside I can think of is performance, as it adds about 5% to
the startup time. However if I gunzip the font file and load it directly,
I see no performance impact. Freetype doesn't need to load the entire file,
just the characters we need.
So is there any reason not to do this?