Originally posted by Teddy_Horse
I have no anti-aliasing in any gnome application (neither in the desktop). I have setup Gnome to use it but it does not do it simply.
That depends. If you're using Gnome 1.x (and thus GTK 1.x), you need libgdkxft.
If you're using Gnome 2.x (GTK 2.x) you need a whole slew of stuff, such as freetype2, fontconfig, libxft2 and pango. Most of this should be included and configured though, which leads me to:
Does your X server have the RENDER extension? That is the basic requirement. Do the following in an Xterm:
xdpyinfo |grep RENDER
It should say 'RENDER' when you have the extension.