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shva 01-01-2010 12:49 PM

ugly fonts of kde library based application in Debian
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Hi everyone,

I am using Debian Lenny with LXDE. For some reason, I would like to use some software which is developed under KDE, such as Kile. But the fonts are not so good (screenshot here). How do I handle this problem? Thanks.

tredegar 01-01-2010 01:39 PM

I associate that ugly font with some compiled-for-gtk applications that I sometimes run from KDE3 ( Eg xgps xvidtune ).

This may help you:

"LXAppearance is the standard theme switcher of LXDE. Users are able to change the theme, icons, and fonts used by applications easily."

shva 01-01-2010 03:42 PM

Unfortunately lxappearance does not change the fonts in KDE applications, but it takes effect in gnome applications. It seems that it can do nothing to KDE related stuff.

tredegar 01-01-2010 04:09 PM

KDE3, in my experience, handles fonts very well. Much better than the Win XP I use at work.

Maybe try running your application from the terminal. Any errors reported?

Otherwise, if you have disk space, install KDE (you don't have to use it, but the necessary libraries will probably be installed). Disk space is cheap now.

If you'd like a just "install some application" solution, I cannot help you, because I do not know enough about your installation, or the interaction between gnome and KDE3.

Let's face it: "Ugly fonts" do not detract from "functionality".

If it works, I'll use it, even if it is "ugly".

Maybe the developers will get around to fixing it, maybe not. xvidtune is an example: It is very ugly, but I rarely have to use it now. If I do need to use it, I can forgive the "ugly" font because it does what I want it to do.

The bottom line is that you are mixing compiled-for-Gtk applications with compiled-for-Qt applications.

This usually works for functionality, but not always for prettiness.

Choose what works for you.

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