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I'm currently in font hell. I have both Debian Lenny and Ubuntu Lucid machines; the font rendering in Lucid is beautiful out of the box but Lenny 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?

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closed as off topic by Jorge Castro, 8128, João Pinto, Marco Ceppi Jan 31 '11 at 18:45

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Debian questions should go on unix.stackexchange.com please see: meta.askubuntu.com/questions/745/… –  Jorge Castro Jan 30 '11 at 16:34