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Wednesday, December 9. 2009

Packaged unicode-screensaver properly

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Three years ago, while I was in Ghana, I wrote a small screensaver that displays a randomly picked unicode character full-screen. I like it because there is a huge bunch of very weird characters and signs in the unicode standard. It also prints the unicode codepoint and character name.

Now I finally got around to properly package it: Created a small homepage, a source tarball with (hopefully) proper autotool files, all managed in a git repository (also on gitorious), complete with manpage, README and other additional files. I’m also going to upload the package to Debian, so you can just do apt-get install unicode-screensaver as soon as it gets accepted.

It can probably not enter the official xscreensaver distribution as it adds dependencies on the fontconfig and freetype libraries.


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*Haha, can you make it also show the unicode version in which the character appeared? Maybe also with a blinking *NEW IN UNICODE 5.2* text? ;-)
#1 Anonymous on 2009-12-10 10:13 (Reply)
*Hehe, nice idea :-) (Although probably not that interesting in the long run to be actually implemented.)
#1.1 Joachim Breitner (Homepage) on 2009-12-10 11:35 (Reply)

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