Description of problem:
$GDK_USE_XFT seems to be ignored in recent gtk2 snapshot so that every
gtk-based application uses AA fonts now. This makes nearly all text
based applications unusable on TFT monitors; tweaking with
gnome-fonr-properties does not help.
Some applications can be cured by assigning a bitmap font as system
font, but important applications like browsers are using the fonts
suggested by the page. Therefore, this does not help really.
KDE/QT knows such a setting (qtconfig - >Fonts -> Enable
Anti-Aliased...) and gtk-2.2. supports it too, so it seems to be
doable to add this functionality.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Not a bug, the code has been removed for GTK+-2.3.x. (And hadn't
been maintained for several years, never worked well. It's
an *entirely* different code path.)
I'm not sure what's different about TFT monitors. Many
of us use antialiased fonts on laptops, etc, and like it.
(Since you mention GNOME, I don't think it's bug 88259)
If you want precanned bitmap fonts, just put them in ~/.fonts or
/usr/share/fonts (see the release notes for details).