I have found that freetype changed the appearance of fonts recently, and 
bisected the behavioral change down to between 119e8e41e and ed1d8983f.

The attached screenshot[1] shows xterm -fa "Ubuntu Mono:size=22:dpi=96", 
which now takes up more overall horizontal space as a result of the 
change, meaning I actually have to reduce the font size somewhat to get 
a window of the same size as before.

I would like to get back the previous behavior (with a current 
freetype), where chars are rendered slightly wider and actually have a 
better hinting (cf. the stem of a 'b').

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