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Provides much better font rendering.

https://launchpad.net/~no1wantdthisname/+archive/ubuntu/ppa

Java

https://launchpad.net/~no1wantdthisname/+archive/openjdk-fontfix

Install

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:no1wantdthisname/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libfreetype6

Uninstall

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge
sudo ppa-purge ppa:no1wantdthisname/ppa

Tweaking font rendering (optional)

  1. Change hinting/antialiasing
    sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool
    gnome-tweak-tool
    # Go to "Fonts"
    # I prefer Full/Rgba
    

Troubleshooting

Wine applications crash/don't work

Grab the normal libfreetype6 from http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/f/freetype/

Unpack the shared library to $SOME_FOLDER.

Then run your application with that folder preferred.

E.G.

#!/bin/sh
export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=$SOME_FOLDER
run_some_app "$@"

My display manager stopped working

Ubuntu:

sudo update-rc.d -f lightdm remove
sudo update-rc.d lightdm defaults

Linux Mint:

sudo update-rc.d -f mdm remove
sudo update-rc.d mdm defaults

http://askubuntu.com/questions/287606/fontconfig-infinality-causes-13-04-boot-failure

How

This ppa is built via this build script.

For build dependencies:

sudo apt-get install docker-engine

Distribution <= 13.04:

Applies infinality patches (currently 2013-05-15) against freetype. See: http://www.infinality.net/

Distribution <= 15.10:

Applies bohoomil's variant. See: https://github.com/bohoomil/fontconfig-ultimate

Distribution >= 16.04:

Applies archfan's variant. https://github.com/archfan/infinality_bundle