I am a systems administrator and run about twenty SlackWare 9 machines that are accessed remotely over the network via full desktop HummingBird Exceed sessions running on MS Windows desktops (not our choice and we are stuck with it:-( ).
I am considering upgrading to RedHat AS4 PL 2 as this supports the full POSIX inter-process pthread library (as against intra-process) and we have a site licence for the OS anyway.
The trouble is, unlike SlackWare which delivers all packages unmolested from their original source, RedHat have tweaked the KDE desktop to fit in with their Blue Curve theme. Also when switching off font anti-aliasing I can't get any decent fonts to display (either under Exceed or on a local X server).
We want to be able to turn off anti-aliasing because 1) it looks dreadful on all but the smaller monitors (despite trying all the adjustment settings it looks blotchy and blurred) 2) the performance over the network is very slow.
So to sum up, under RHAS4PL2's KDE setup:
1) Can one turn off anti-aliasing and still get a decent selection of useable fonts. If so how?
2) Whilst one can select one of the standard KDE themes and this works, the kicker bar at the bottom stubbornly retains the old theme. Is there a way to reset kicker to its original default theme style as from KDE?