Many thanks for going into this question a bit further, I appreciate it. Among other things, you've filled in a blank about how to determine system settings that has bedeviled me for a while. When it was first released, I wanted to take a look at Mandrake 9.1 so I installed it together with Gnome. The Gnome login fonts were so small that they thoroughly disfigured the whole login conception. It was like dressing up a 300 lb. fatso in size 32 underwear. I wrote to their mailing list seeking a solution and got absolutely nothing in the way of help with the question; no one had a clue as to how to deal with the matter. Coming here I'm finally learning something about fonts. Thanks.