I had the same experience, what made my system behave better, was the use of the GLX-new driver (NVIDIA video card) and setting all to the right resolution and refreshrate (60 htz) after twiddeling with sub-pixel hinting (full) my text looks good enough to eat ;-)
The moment an update changes things (read resolution, mine will be a fallback to any lower setting then 1680x1050 with some 53 htz setting and all looks like garbage again) i just restore settings and all is peachy again. Hope this helps!
Originally Posted by mamadu.bwana
I have just installed Ubuntu 7.10 on my computer and the fonts look absolutely terrible: they look blurred, some of them look almost transparent (in the terminal, for example). Here is what I have:
A Samsung SyncMaster 770 TFT
Graphics card: ATI Radeon 7000/Radeon VE
driver: XFree86 v4 Server Module: radeon
XFree86 v4 Server Module: radeon
3D Support: yes
Color Depths: 16
etc/fonts/conf.avail has the following files:
10-autohint.conf 30-amt-aliases.conf 65-nonlatin.conf
10-no-sub-pixel.conf 30-urw-aliases.conf 65-ttf-thai-tlwg.conf
10-sub-pixel-bgr.conf 40-generic.conf 69-unifont.conf
10-sub-pixel-rgb.conf 49-sansserif.conf 70-no-bitmaps.conf
10-sub-pixel-vbgr.conf 50-user.conf 70-yes-bitmaps.conf
10-sub-pixel-vrgb.conf 51-local.conf 80-delicious.conf
10-unhinted.conf 52-languageselector.conf 90-synthetic.conf
I have tried all sorts of combinations under System->Preferences->Appearance->Fonts but I only succeeded in making things worse.
I should probably add here that I did not have this issue in the past with the same hardware, but I had a hard disk crash and I needed to reinstall everything. Ever since the fonts are *horrible*.
Please help me out here!