Ubuntu font rendering on Debian Wheezy & Sid
The one thing which always kept me from using Debian was the horrific font rendering on LCD screens which has plagued it since it was born. I’ve always liked the way Ubuntu renders fonts, so now Debian has pretty much the same libcairo2 package by default, making the fonts render like Ubuntu’s is pretty easy.
First thing to do is grab Ubuntu’s fonconfig-config package from any of the mirrors here: http://packages.ubuntu.com/natty/all/fontconfig-config/download and save it somewhere. Now open the .deb file with Archive Manager (file-roller) as root and enter the /etc/fonts directory within the archive. Next, open nautilus as root (Alt + F2, gksudo nautilus) and brows to /etc/fonts on your Debian file system.
Next step is mega easy, just drag all the files and folders from the archive into the file browser, replacing all files which already exist.
Log out and back in, and change font preferences so they looks something like this:
Once this is done, fonts should be Ubuntu pretty!
NOTE: It works fantastically well with Ubuntu fonts!