I found two examples of said retardedness today.
- Even with my freetype fir filter hack, fonts in open office writer look super fringy. WTF. Are they using a totally different rendering path?
- If you set the hinting level in the gnome appearance control applet to “slight”, but your xrdb says “Xft.hintstyle: hintfull”, then Firefox renders text with what appears to be full hinting, but kerned as if it were slight hinting, leading to disastrous results.
BTW, Windows Live Writer 2009 rocks.