I've installed slackware64-current from a 1/31/10 iso created by Eric's mirror-slackware-current script and my rsync mirror. I'm having a lot of problems getting fonts to look readable. Firefox looks particularly bad both in the UI and rendering fonts inside pages themselves. Black on white text has a lot of red/orange and blue fringing that reminds me of the Apple II from 30 years ago.
I've recompiled freetype with all three patches from the -current slackbuild. I've got anti-aliasing enabled in KDE with no exclusions and RGB hinting. I've tried slight, medium, and full and can't tell much difference among them. I didn't notice much improvement from the base install to after I rebuilt freetype.
I've tried following Dugan Chen's guide
under "Rebuilding your font rendering subsystem" but can't even get past the freetype re-compile using his slackbuild and the 2.3.11 sources. I thought this might be a -current vs. stable 13.0 issue, or possibly differences between the 2.3.9 freetype in current and the 2.3.11 that Dugan suggests. The configure step seems to work okay, but make stops at target "unix".
Other details - I have an ATI Radeon HD4670 and I'm using the radeonhd open source driver. I haven't used the closed source fglrx driver yet because it appears to require multilib and I haven't set it up yet. I'm using a 17" LCD monitor at 1280x1024 also.
Any suggestions? Anyone used Dugan's freetype-2.3.11 slackbuild on current? Would the fglrx driver help?