I downloaded AbiWord 3.0.1. When I begin writing or reading a document, the borders of the document starts flashing ceaselessly. I've tried uninstalling AbiWord and installing it again, with no success. What should I do in order to fix this problem?

Help much appreciated. Thank you.

  • Which Ubuntu and DE you're using?
    – Anwar
    Aug 29, 2016 at 15:34
  • Ubuntu 16.04.1. Unity DE.
    – N Even
    Aug 29, 2016 at 16:04
  • which border it is?
    – Anwar
    Aug 29, 2016 at 17:33
  • What do you mean by which?
    – N Even
    Aug 29, 2016 at 17:34
  • Is it bottom border or all 4?
    – Anwar
    Aug 29, 2016 at 17:35

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After my testing and discussion with the OP in chat, it reveals that the problem is actually a theme related bug. There are different reports of this bug and a workaround is changing the default theme. Here is one of the bug report.

But it needed test to check which themes work. Some theme seem to not working and some does work. After further test, I curated this list of themes that fix the issue.

  • Arc Theme
  • Arc Flatabulous Theme
  • Ceti 2 theme
  • Vertext theme
  • Menda and Menda Dark theme
  • Paper theme
  • Adwaita theme

You can find these themes by searching. Here is a link of Noobslab PPA, who has some good collection of themes

To install themes from the PPA. first add it using this two commands

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/themes
sudo apt-get update

Then install it by

sudo apt-get install <theme-name-here>
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    Did not solve for me... :/ May 28, 2017 at 20:19

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