In my spare time I have been working on an emulation front end with the purpose of organizing my ROMs. It is developed in C++ and it uses GTK+ as graphical user interface. If someone is interested, check the Github repository.
I developed the application in my main rig, which is running Ubuntu 18.04 and I created the look and feel using CSS (https://developer.gnome.org/gtk3/stable/chap-css-overview.html).
This is how the application looks in Ubuntu 18.04:
I think it looks really nice. But when testing the application in my laptop, which is running Fedora 29, it looks like this:
It looks different, the text inside the buttons has some kind of ghosting. The differences can be seen in a lot of ui controls. Here is a dialog from the application in Ubuntu:
An here is the same dialog in Fedora:
Some of the visual elements of the application were broken when running in Fedora, I had to mess more than I wanted with the CSS.
For the moment I decided to disable the styling because it was taking me more time dealing with it than the time I spent programming the core functions of the application. With the stock theme, in Ubuntu, the application looks like this:
And this is the dialog shown before:
This is the application In Fedora without the CSS:
And the dialog shown before:
I understand that every Linux distro needs to customize its desktop environment according to its brand (I actually like a lot Ubuntu’s Gnome), but sometimes developers can have a hard time dealing with those customizations.
According to the Gnome website Ubuntu includes Gnome with “minor alterations”, so Fedora’s Gnome is closest to vanilla. In my case, I probably should focus in the look and feel in Fedora first.
I am probably “over complaining”, but I am not the only one, it seems that other developers are also unhappy with this matter: https://stopthemingmy.app/.