Ubuntu – Blender Distorted UI

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I have just downloaded the latest version of Blender from the website on to my Xubuntu machine, when I open it, I get this:
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The screenshot below is a zoomed in version of the top left of the screen, as you can see, the (i) icon is displayed fine but the text is unreadable.

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Images appear fine but the text is very distorted. What other information should I provide that may help to solve this problem?
Thanks in advance, ell.

Edit: I downloaded the Linux x86-32 package from the blender website(pre-compiled binaries) and extracted it, I've tried running plain blender (just open the blender executable) as well as running the blender-softwaregl script but both give the same results. Both of them give the following results when run from the terminal:

ndof: dead zone set to 0.10
connect failed: No such file or directory
ndof: spacenavd not found
Info: Config directory with "startup.blend" file not found.
found bundled python: /home/elliot/Downloads/blender-2.59-linux-glibc27-i686/2.59/python

Best Answer

The question mentioned that blender was installed from the website - I presume this means that it was compiled. It could be a compilation/incompatibility through this method of installation.

Installing from this PPA into my Xubuntu virtual guest displayed blender v2.59.2 correctly:

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installation

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:cheleb/blender-svn
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install blender

Graphics Issues

With older graphics cards you do have a couple of options to try:

  1. Uplift your graphics stack using the x-swat PPA
  2. Uplift both your graphics stack and kernel using the x-edgers PPA

Both obviously are less tested and can themselves break your system - so have a good backup BEFORE you attempt them. Using something like clonezilla to backup your system to and external hard-drive.

For suggestion 1:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

For suggestion 2: this is an unstable PPA - whilst it can resolve graphical issues - accepting updates from the PPA can leave you with black-screen

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa 
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-3.0.0-11 linux-image-3.0.0-11-generic 

Then open software-sources and untick the edgers PPA so that further updates are not received in the future.