I wonder if any of the presets for font hinting, antialiasing and subpixel rendering apply to a desktop environment (like GNOME, KDE SC or Cinnamon). I've enabled all 3 of them and I just can't see a difference.
The only one that seem to make a difference (with Cinnamon at least) is LCD filtering.
The wiki page on Font Configuration does mention something about desktop environments but I'm not sure I understand. Cinnamon has its own configuration settings for font hinting, antialiasing and subpixel rendering (and from what I can remember GNOME too) but if memory serves when I installed the Infinality patches I clearly saw a difference with the font rendering afterwards, so why the Infinality patches work and not the more basic built-in stuff.
Thanks in advance...
I explored this some time ago and one issue I had was that I had to reset the font cache to see the changes.