What is the very default font LO (v. 4.1) uses on Linux (Arch, x86)? I don’t use KDE nor GNOME, my LO uses the basic “Win9x-like” GUI theme, so no GNOME/KDE font settings apply to it. And the option “Use system font in UI” is unchecked. How can I check which font LO actually uses as default for the GUI? In my case it’s NOT Andale Sans UI, for sure. Can I change it somehow to whatever I like, e.g. via the LO’s font substitution dialog?
I just came across the same issue in Kubuntu rather than Arch. I have noticed that when using the KDE DE in Ubuntu, Fedora, OpenSuse, etc, that font kerning can be an issue in LO. I recently installed infinality fonts and noticed a general improvement but also consistently poor font kerning solely in the LO UI. I unchecked “use system fonts” and it resolved the issue perfectly. However, I was also unsure which font was used in the LO interface. I did see mention of the Andale Sans UI font in the Arch Wiki (as you mentioned) but I can confirm that my installation was not using this as the default UI font. I simply made some comparisons between my system fonts and LO and my best guess is that it is the “Sans Serif” font used in the UI for linux LO installations. This also looked rather similar to “Arial” but open source fonts like “Liberation Sans”, “DejaVu Sans”, and “FreeSans” did not match nearly as closely.
Under Crunchbang 11 x86_64 running LO v184.108.40.206 if I avoid using a system font for the UI (Tools > Options… > LibreOffice > View > User Interface section > uncheck Use system font for user interface) then DejaVu Sans (or the condensed variant) appears to be used. I am uncertain where this is set. It is not listed in:
The fallback to Andale Sans UI appears to be indicated in (and I agree with the comment):
DejaVu Sans is listed in the default font list for the registry (but so is Liberation Sans, which is also distributed with LO):