OpenOffice.org Font LCD Filter not respected in Xubuntu

Bug #486315 reported by cdahmedeh on 2009-11-21
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This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Xfwm4
Unknown
Unknown
xubuntu-default-settings (Ubuntu)
Medium
Lionel Le Folgoc

Bug Description

Binary package hint: openoffice.org

Hello,

The Sub-Pixel smoothed fonts looks different in OpenOffice.org compared to other applications. The fonts look very nice and smooth in GTK+ apps but not in OpenOffice.org Fonts do look anti-aliased, but it appears more blocky for some reason. In order to fix the problem, running the command :

echo "Xft.lcdfilter: lcddefault" >> ~/.Xresources

I think that the fix should be implemented in future versions for a better user experience. Also, if you install Ubuntu instead of Xubuntu, run the OpenOffice.org application, you will not get any font smoothing problems in Xfce installed via xfce4-desktop package. The problem happens when the xubuntu-gdm-theme is installed, which seems to run set-gconf-defaults and causes the problems in font smoothing. Removing the package doesn't fix the problem.

Also, the following doesn't fix the problem :
Removing home folder configuration for xfce, gconf and openoffice.

Finally, I think the reason why this problem isn't in gnome is because it is taken care of via gnome-settings-daemon, something not available in xfce. Ideally, OpenOffice.org should be configured to respect the lcdfilter option, and I don't know how to that properly. But the fix I mentioned seems to be a good workaround, maybe add a script to do that in the package xubuntu-default-settings ?

Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca) wrote :

Thank you for this bug report. Is OpenOffice the only application with the font issue?
Is http://bugzilla.xfce.org/show_bug.cgi?id=3773 the same issue?

Changed in openoffice.org (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca) wrote :

We'd like to figure out what's causing this bug for you, but we haven't heard back from you in a while. Could you please provide the requested information? Thanks!

cdahmedeh (cdahmedeh) wrote :

Hello, sorry for the delays, busy schedule. The issue is different from the one given in the xfce bug report. It happens in other distros with Xfce aswell. It might an openoffice issue. I just think you should create a new package called openoffice-xfce or something, which just runs the command. It's a quick and easy fix !

Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca) wrote :

Thanks for reporting this bug and any supporting documentation. Since this bug has enough information provided for a developer to begin work, I'm going to mark it as confirmed and let them handle it from here.

Since this happens in all distributions using Xfce, I forwarded the report upstream to Xfce developers. http://bugzilla.xfce.org/show_bug.cgi?id=6328

Changed in openoffice.org (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: Incomplete → Triaged
affects: openoffice.org (Ubuntu) → xfwm4 (Ubuntu)
Lionel Le Folgoc (mrpouit) wrote :

Hi,

Did you install openoffice.org-gtk? (not a bug in xfwm4 anyway)

affects: xfwm4 (Ubuntu) → openoffice.org (Ubuntu)
Changed in openoffice.org (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Incomplete
affects: xfwm4 → null
Changed in null:
importance: Unknown → Undecided
status: Unknown → New
cdahmedeh (cdahmedeh) wrote :

Yes, the oo gtk package is installed.

Chris Cheney (ccheney) on 2010-05-13
tags: added: xubuntu
Chris Cheney (ccheney) on 2010-05-14
Changed in null:
status: New → Invalid
Chris Cheney (ccheney) on 2010-05-17
affects: openoffice.org (Ubuntu) → xubuntu-default-settings (Ubuntu)
Changed in xubuntu-default-settings (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → New
Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca) wrote :

Thanks for reporting this bug and any supporting documentation. Since this bug has enough information provided for a developer to begin work, I'm going to mark it as confirmed and let them handle it from here. Thanks for taking the time to make Ubuntu better!

Changed in xubuntu-default-settings (Ubuntu):
status: New → Triaged
Changed in xubuntu-default-settings (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Lionel Le Folgoc (mrpouit)
status: Triaged → In Progress
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package xubuntu-default-settings - 10.10.2

---------------
xubuntu-default-settings (10.10.2) maverick; urgency=low

  * Refreshed translations.
  * debian/control: bumped Standard-Version to 3.9.1.
  * Drop pre-lucid code:
    - debian/postinst: drop conffile moving
    - debian/preinst: dropped, unneeded.
  * etc/xdg/xdg-xubuntu/menus/xfce-applications.menu: hide aumix menu entry
    and move software center toward the bottom, thanks Jim Campbell.
    lp: #365083
  * etc/skel/.Xdefaults: set a correct OOo lcd filter. lp: #486315
 -- Lionel Le Folgoc <email address hidden> Sun, 15 Aug 2010 17:22:46 +0200

Changed in xubuntu-default-settings (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Fix Released
Curtis Hovey (sinzui) on 2011-11-11
no longer affects: null
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