HOWTO: quickly improve X11 font rendering
There are patched packages of libcairo, libfreetype6 and libxft available at ubuntuforums.org, which really improve font display in X.org - probably especially for TFT/LCD monitors.
The packages are for Ubuntu Dapper and "I'm loving it" (tm).
"Hammer.. die Schriften sind echt voll krass-scharf!(an enthusiastic user)
Update: packages for Ubuntu Edgy Eft (to be released in October) are here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=235526