Ubuntu 9 – KDE apps under GNOME show garbled fonts

After upgrading to Ubuntu 9.04 (and using 8.10 before), I noticed that some applications would show garbled fonts, similiar to:


This happened with KOrganizer, Konqueror, and Virtualbox.  Once I realized the KDE connection, I went googling.  Thanks to TheAL76


** Day 2 – on a reboot, the garbled fonts came back.  Going to Applications -> System Tools, I launched System Settings.

Under “Appearance -> GTK Styles and Fonts” – I have tweaked the following.

  • GTK Styles:  Use Another Style : Clearlooks (my base GNOME theme)
  • GTK Fonts: Use another font : Undotum   (which I think related to the orginal post below).

Under Fonts:   Enabled “Use Anti-aliasing”


Turns out this is related to KDE apps use of the QT libs to render windows, where GNOME uses GTK.


Open /home/yourusername/.kde/share/config/kdeglobals in your favorite editor.
2. I wanted UnDotum size 10 to be my font, so I added this:


Save off the file, close the app and restart, so far so good for me – no more garbled fonts.


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