Tip of the Trade: Linux Easter Egg Fun
Easter Eggs For both the Command Line and GUI
$ apt-get moo (__) (oo) /------\/ / | || * /\---/\ ~~ ~~ ...."Have you mooed today?"...
That's probably going to get dull after a few dozen repetitions, so fire up cowsay to express your own creativity:
$ cowsay 'Tip of the Trade rocks!' _________________________ < Tip of the Trade rocks! > ------------------------- \ ^__^ \ (oo)\_______ (__)\ )\/\ ||----w | || ||
Of course, modern system administrators prefer aptitude, which is very serious and leaves no time for frivolity:
$ aptitude moo There are no Easter Eggs in this program. $ aptitude -v moo There really are no Easter Eggs in this program. $ aptitude -vv moo Didn't I already tell you there are no Easter Eggs in this program?
Keep adding v switches to see the rest.
The ddate command gives you the date in the Discordian date format:
$ ddate Today is Boomtime, the 31st day of Confusion in the YOLD 3174
ddate will convert any date for you, in day-month-year order:
$ ddate 8 6 1957 Prickle-Prickle, Confusion 13, 3123 YOLD
man ddate lists a whole raft of additional options.
OpenOffice's spreadsheet, Calc, has a StarWars Galaxy game hidden in it, which looks like Galaga. Enter =Game("StarWars") in any cell. After closing the game, enter =Game("StarWars") again, and you'll get a different response.
The Gnome desktop has a couple of amusements. Hit Alt+F2 to bring up the Run dialog, and enter free the fish. When you get tired of that, enter killall gnome-panel, and then try gegls from outer space.
There, now don't you feel refreshed and more productive?
Article courtesy of Serverwatch, originally published June 30, 2008