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Kannasaver on its Way Home

November 2, 2010

Kannasaver is a screen saver that shows Japanese Katakana and Hiragana characters.

Some time passed since I started the port of Kannasaver to KDE 4. Many things are to blame for that. Mainly my laziness and the importance of other things, KDE-related or not. But now I received some patches from Stefan Böhmann finalizing the port. These patches gave me a kick from the right angle. Kannasaver now works as it used to (even better) and any day now, I will request its move to KDEReview and then Extragear/artwork on

If you want to try Kannasaver, clone it from git:// and compile it the same way as everything else in CMake country:

cd kannasaver
mkdir build && cd build
cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=[target_folder] \
-DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=relWithDebugInfo -Wno-dev ../
make && make install

After that you can find it in your screen saver settings.

If you want to have a look at Kannasaver without compiling it, here is a screen shot:

Kannasaver Configure Dialog

Configure Dialog of Kannasaver

Have fun!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Nihongo permalink
    December 24, 2010 4:23 pm

    Thanks, nice to see it coming back !

    For those of us a bit more advanced, do you plan to add kanji support ? kanjisaver ( ) has not been updated since 2006 (I don’t think it can even compile against kde4). Would it be easy to add kanji support to your version of Kannasaver ?

  2. December 24, 2010 4:36 pm

    I first want to have a release of the current state out there.
    After that, I plan to look into Kanji support. :)
    Kanjisaver is dead indeed. I talked to the author and he will not port it to KDE 4.

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