Originally Posted by alienDog
Try renaming it to ".gtkrc-2.0" (i.e. without -kde4 suffix), see if that makes any difference.
I rename .gtkrc-2.0-kde4 to .gtkrc-2.0, reboot and find that there is a new file called .gtkrc-2.0-kde4 (obviously created by the operative system) and whose contents is identical to .gtkrc-2.0.
The graphics of gedit is still the same.
By the way, I installed Kubuntu 11.10 on a another computer, updated everything, rebooted, installed gedit, rebooted, and it seems to be the case that gedit looks exactly the same like I have described before for the current that I am using. It seems to have some ancient kind of primitive graphics.