Heh, the Safari/Windows font smoothing thing seems to have stirred somewhat of a storm-in-a-teacup-blogosphere again. So lets comment on it again; this time, with a few more comparisons from my favorite free operating system:

Font rendering; the Windows emulation way (FreeType on high contrast setting):

The Apple emulation way (FreeType on preserve shapes setting):

The ClearType way (FreeType with subpixel decimation):

And finally my favorite, subpixel rendering with lower hinting strength:

Best of both worlds - more contrast than Mac OS X, prettier shapes than Windows, and word spacing which matches closely with what would be printed. Those closed operating systems look worse by the second.

All four settings available from the same GNOME font dialog.