I first noticed (and posted) this problem, thinking it was an opengl issue. My problems run much deeper...
Under Xgl, I observe the following:
ryan@linux01:~> xfontsel &
ryan@linux01:~> Warning: Missing charsets in String to FontSet conversion
Warning: Unable to load any usable fontset
I think this would explain why my apps are having font issues
Any ideas on what to go check next? Seems to be compiz/xgl related, problem wasn't there under a 2D kde desktop on this system.