Howto - Shiny buttons
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If you have Rivendell installed on non KDE-based distro (Debian, Ubuntu, etc.), and if you want shiny buttons on Rivendell you can :
Install qt3-qtconfig and polymer
(If polymer is not directly available in your distro's repository, you can find it at : http://static.int.pl/~mig21/dev/releases/polymer/)
"Polymer (formerly known as Plastique) is a port of the KDE style "Plastik", which does not depend on any KDE libraries. This means, that you only need Qt 3.x to make your Qt applications look as if you had KDE installed."
run qtconfig, choose polymer as GUI style
Now, you can play with Tune Palette > Central Color roles > Choose Background > Select color, etc.
save, you're done !
Shiny buttons and smooth fonts on Debian/Ubuntu
This is actually pretty simple. Install the qt3 config tool and polymer skin as described above.
You then want to remove the 70-disable-bitmap-fonts.conf symlink in /etc/fonts/conf.d/, and add a 70-enable-bitmap-fonts.conf symlink to the config file in /etc/fonts/conf.avail. Then rebuild your font cache.
sudo rm -rf /etc/fonts/conf.d/70-no-bitmaps.conf sudo ln -s /etc/fonts/conf.avail/70-force-bitmaps.conf /etc/fonts/conf.d sudo fc-cache -f -v
Restart the relevant Rivendell apps and you should be in business. Enjoy!