Category Archives: gnome

Gnome theme problems.

Wow, major problems with Gnome and trying to change themes. Ended up the issue was some weird conflict with the gtk-qt-engine package. A simple:

apt-get remove –purge gtk-qt-engine

solved the problem. Of course it took a fews days of googling to find the answer, which was on Ubuntu’s bug tracker (don’t have the link handy sorry). The issue I had was that if I tried to change the theme or any part of the appearance of Gnome, the whole theming application would go blank. If you expierence this too, remove gtk-qt-engine .

Gnome-screensaver is a bit of a pain in it simplicity

One of Gnome’s main philosphy is simplicity but in this endeavour, some things are a pain! For instance, Gnome’s pictures screensaver doesn’t let you specify what directory to look for pictures or photo’s to display (nor has the neat zooming and paning features of Xscreensaver’s Glslideshow). It expects all your pictures to be in a directory named Pictures in your home directory and this isn’t an easily configurable option, and it seems to not look for pictures in any sub-directories of the Pictures directory (all the pics need to be in one directory).

But you can use the xscreensaver’s screensaver with gnome-screensaver:

So once again I can use the Glslideshow screensaver without having to disable Gnome’s screensaver and configuring xscreensaver to auto start when I login. The only problem with this is I need to use the xscreensaver-demo command to configure xscreensaver’s screensaver. If you do this make sure you don’t start the xscreensaver daemon.

Gnome Fonts too big in Ubuntu Gutsy?

I upgraded my Dell 700m laptop from Ubuntu Feisty to Ubuntu Gutsy. Gutsy is the current developemnt (beta) release of Ubuntu Linux and is planned to be released in October of 2007. After upgrading to Gutsy and restarting my laptop many of the fonts were too big.

To correct this you may need to set the DPI to 96. To see why read this:

And this:

To change the DPI go to the Font settings applet; click on System, then Preferences, then Appearance:


On the Window that opens click on the Fonts tab, and then click on the Details button on the lower right:

Gnome Font Selector

Note: Your fonts may be different than what I have set.

On the Details window the dots per inch in the upper left may be set to something other than 96. Change this to 96 and you should see your fonts change:

Gnome Details Settings

You may need to logout and back in again for fonts to change for all of your running applications.

Also, if you don’t have a LCD display you will not want to have “Subpixel (LCDs)” enabled like I do.

If you want to change what fonts you use read this for tips for which fonts are better for legibility: