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Some Swing-Java programs in Ubuntu look very ugly because of their font.

What's wrong with the fonts? Is there any way to fix the aliasing?

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Please attach a screenshot so that we can get a better idea of what's wrong. –  Glutanimate Apr 20 '14 at 21:11
I cannot provide a solution but I suffer from the same problem and created two screenshots demonstrating it. To me it looks like the subpixel rendering produces way too strong color fringes around the letters. Note: if your display has a different subpixel order than mine or does not have subpixels at all, the font rendering may look totally off to you. - Screenshot of Arduino IDE with ugly fonts - Screenshot of JabRef with ugly fonts *Meta: Annoyingly, Ask Ubuntu/SE does not allow me to add this note as a comment to t –  dasup May 15 '14 at 23:34

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