There's at least one blocker bug:
The pangox-library is very obsolete and not even in portage.
edit: it is, didn't look correctly
fwiw the only 5 packages that use pangox-compat as a dependency are
There are more issues with the 1.44.x release:
dev-python/pygtk - There was  which has been closed meanwhile but there are still build issues.
I had two more packages failing when doing a rebuild but I have lost the log files meanwhile.
We also need to provide instructions on how to create fonts that work with pango-1.44 out of bitmap fonts, as that support was dropped, and some people use bitmap fonts as their monospace terminal/editor font, which would completely stop working with this new pango series.
The bug has been closed via the following commit(s):
Author: David Heidelberg <firstname.lastname@example.org>
AuthorDate: 2019-10-30 13:03:19 +0000
Commit: Matt Turner <email@example.com>
CommitDate: 2020-02-03 02:36:22 +0000
x11-libs/pango: Version bump to 1.44.7
From Polynomial-C's overlay.
Signed-off-by: David Heidelberg <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Signed-off-by: Matt Turner <email@example.com>
x11-libs/pango/Manifest | 1 +
...break.c-Only-test-Thai-breaks-with-libtha.patch | 35 ++++++++++
x11-libs/pango/pango-1.44.7.ebuild | 81 ++++++++++++++++++++++
3 files changed, 117 insertions(+)
Where is the news item with instructions on the bitmap font lack of support and how to convert bitmap fonts to things that pango-1.44 will still be working with?
The bug has been referenced in the following commit(s):
Author: Mart Raudsepp <firstname.lastname@example.org>
AuthorDate: 2020-02-03 11:15:29 +0000
Commit: Mart Raudsepp <email@example.com>
CommitDate: 2020-02-03 11:15:29 +0000
package.mask: Mask issue causing x11-libs/pango-1.44
It shouldn't have been pushed in the first place with all the
known issues already marked blocking the bump bug...
Signed-off-by: Mart Raudsepp <firstname.lastname@example.org>
profiles/package.mask | 4 ++++
1 file changed, 4 insertions(+)