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Think Debian.
by UltraZelda64 on Fri 31st Dec 2010 23:52 UTC
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2006-12-05

Imagine Debian Squeeze / Testing (6.0) in its current state (running GNOME). Now imagine that not a single thing visually has been changed--not even the wallpaper.

Yep, that's my desktop. No screenshot required; it's nothing special.

I've been noticing that despite having collected a shitload of wallpapers, I have been using them less and less. Mostly because I don't feel like wasting the time looking through them, and the fact that I never actually *see* my desktop anymore anyway. For example, right now, Firefox is taking up almost the entire left half of the screen and some of the right, GNOME Terminal is taking the remaining space on the left side of the screen (being mostly covered by Firefox), and Geany is taking nearly the entire right half of the screen (again, being partially covered by Firefox).

I changed the font view settings (too much hinting kills it for me) and adjusted the DPI to suit my monitor (from 96 to 99), but for the most part, the defaults are intact; including the Clearlooks theme which, while I do tend to prefer darker themes, is clean enough and I see no need to change it. Though I might eventually (bright white and other colors do tend to give me a headache and get on my nerves after a while, and Clearlooks is a bit too bright for my tastes--but most of the dark themes I've tried have glaring annoyances or parts that are hard to see due to poor contrast in the design).

Oh, and I have installed and am using the set of fonts Microsoft included with Windows; the two standouts are Lucida Console which I use for the terminal emulator, and the third-party Fixedsys Excelsor which I use in all text editors. [Am I the only one who just loves Fixedsys?]

My biggest mistake was probably deciding to get a monitor of 1680x1050 resolution; I should've got 1920x1200 at the very least to be safe. This thing is actually a step back from my previous CRT 1600x1200 monitor/resolution configuration, especially when it comes to vertical space. Next time, I'll know.

Edited 2011-01-01 00:00 UTC

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RE: Think Debian.
by vivainio on Sat 1st Jan 2011 01:06 in reply to "Think Debian."
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

I changed the font view settings (too much hinting kills it for me) and adjusted the DPI to suit my monitor (from 96 to 99)


You just summarized why I like Ubuntu.

On Ubuntu, I never need to adjust fonts in any application. On debian (and at least opensuse), it's the first thing you have to do.

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RE[2]: Think Debian.
by UltraZelda64 on Sat 1st Jan 2011 02:01 in reply to "RE: Think Debian."
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

You just summarized why I like Ubuntu.

On Ubuntu, I never need to adjust fonts in any application. On debian (and at least opensuse), it's the first thing you have to do.

I don't remember exactly how Ubuntu fonts were set up (haven't used it in a while), but I honestly can't think of a single distro that I've tried that needed absolutely *no* font twiddling. I can't even recall Ubuntu's fonts being perfect. But it's a quick and painless setting, which can be done in no time, so I guess that's why I can't remember: something that takes only about 20 seconds to do and is done only once is not something that I easily remember. Neither is something I never had to do in the first place though...

I recall Xfce being a breeze to change font/DPI settings as well, but I'm not sure about KDE. I know for sure I went through hell trying to find KDE4's DPI settings before giving up when I found that it didn't have any and that xorg.conf had to be edited (or created) manually, but I don't remember what its font config in general was like. I'm not too crazy about KDE's configuration system either; it's (to me) illogical and somewhat difficult to navigate.

Default font configurations seem, to me, very similar across distros. It's usually changing those preferences that seems to vary widely between distros.

Edited 2011-01-01 02:04 UTC

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