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Five Ways To Have Fun With The Command Line

Published on: Wed, Oct 7, 2015 at 11:10 am EST
CentOS Linux Guides Server Apps Ubuntu

Once in a while, you maybe wanna entertain yourself through all the updating, maintenance, and configuration tasks of being a system administrator. Linux has quite some popular programs, available in many repositories... so, here are five ways to have some fun while working at the command line!

sl

A train going through your terminal.

Installation: apt-get install sl or yum -y install sl

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fortune

A random joke.

Installation: apt-get install fortune or yum install fortune

root@host:~# fortune
Q:  What's a light-year?
A:  One-third less calories than a regular year.

toilet

Generate ASCII art from the terminal.

Installation: apt-get install toilet or yum install toilet

root@host:~# toilet VULTR

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cmatrix

Run a Matrix program like they do in the movie.

Installation: apt-get install cmatrix

root@host:~# cmatrix

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This can cause heavy load on a server though, so make sure you don't execute this in a production environment.

aafire

Set the command line terminal on fire!

Installation: apt-get install libaa-bin

root@host:~# aafire

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