i wonder if Filters ->Render ->Dynamic Text or if you were to install
the gimp-freetype plug-in (found at http://freetype.gimp.org -- be sure
to get the tar ball and not the cvs branch!!) if these two methods of
rendering fonts might work better from a remote machine.

text tool sucks, imo.  it "hints" by rendering the font 3 times bigger
than requested and reducing the size.

personally, i haven't hit the button with the big T on it for a couple
of years by now ...

good luck
also, interesting way to play with gimp ....

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