I have both Debian Squeeze and Ubuntu 10.04 machines; the font rendering in 10.04/10.10 is beautiful out of the box but Squeeze is still ugly even after hours and hours of messing with configuration. (IMO - I realize this is subjective.)
Obviously Ubuntu is doing something right. Can I simply install a few packages from Ubuntu on my Debian box and have it work? If so, which are the relevant packages (cairo, freetype, xft are the libraries which seem to keep getting mentioned)? And which is the right version of Ubuntu to pull from? I'm currently on Lenny but I could upgrade to Squeeze.
Alternately, are there patches I can pull from the Ubuntu deb sources that I can apply to to the corresponding Debian versions and rebuild?