The Linux terminal is a powerful tool for some administration tasks. It helps for troubleshooting too and ensure you a solution for a problem. As serious, it can be with some special commands, the terminal is also used for really surprising operations which have nothing to do with the work. Just for the fun!! It exists commands which give you crazy output very amazing. At that moment, you will that the black screen with some green/white words in front of you is very fun!! We will show you how you can use your terminal to explore another dimension of Linux.
An ASCII cow view in the terminal
# apt get install cowsay
cowsay command has a list of ASCII images that you can see with the
#cowsay -l Cow files in /usr/share/cowsay/cows: apt beavis.zen bong bud-frogs bunny calvin cheese cock cower daemon default dragon dragon-and-cow duck elephant elephant-in-snake eyes flaming-sheep ghostbusters gnu head-in hellokitty kiss kitty koala kosh luke-koala mech-and-cow meow milk moofasa moose mutilated pony pony-smaller ren sheep skeleton snowman sodomized-sheep stegosaurus stimpy suse three-eyes turkey turtle tux unipony unipony-smaller vader vader-koala www
Let's see a dragon with cowsay.
dinosay - is a humble, simple, nice, and paleolithic alternative to cowsay.
lolcat is a command tool which prints the text in awesome colors. You need first to install it
# apt-get install lolcat
It is combined to the output of the others command if you want to see the result.
Have you already seen a locomotive on your terminal?
# apt-get install sl
On your terminal when you use the sl command , you have the result below
For fun, try theses two commands:
# sl | lolcat
The fortune command spits out quotations, fortunes, jokes, nonsense.
# fortune You'd like to do it instantaneously, but that's too slow.
# fortune Q: What do you call a principal female opera singer whose high C is lower than those of other principal female opera singers? A: A deep C diva.
You can see that it gives random expressions. With cowsay command, we needed to give expressions which appeared on the result. The expressions of fortune command can be piped with cowsay.
We have seen cowsay command which displays ASCII images. xcowsay displays cute cow and the message you give. First, you need to install it.
# sudo apt-get install cowsay
Now let's use it with fortune for amazing joke
# fortune | xcowsay
Have you not ever dream to have a matrix output on your own terminal? me, yes. It is possible to reproduce what you have seen in matrix movie, a continuous output with some specials characters by using the cmatrix command. Imagine that, your young brother who is a fan of that movie, if you can reproduce the same thing, it is sure that you will be more popular for him than the real movie =)
# apt-get install cmatrix
now just execute the command and see the result
You can stop the output with
Ctrl + C combination
The figlet command transforms ordinary terminal text into big fancy letters by using some specials fonts in its dispositions
# apt install figlet
You can display the different fonts with
Now we can choose a font with
-f paramater. We can piped it with lolcat command
As you have noticed, some of our funny commands show images in ASCII. Now imagine that you have your own ocean in you local machine. With a variety of fishes, a vast submarine world with a castle and a ship which navigates above. Imagine the enjoyment of your younger sister or your daughter in front of this aquarium.
asciiquarium command is used with a terminal animation that we need to install. There are not present in default packages, so we need to install it.
Download and install term animation
# apt-get install libcurses-perl
# wget http://search.cpan.org/CPAN/authors/id/K/KB/KBAUCOM/Term-Animation-2.4.tar.gz
# tar -zxvf Term-Animation-2.4.tar.gz
# perl Makefile.PL && make && make test
Now, Download and install asciiquarium
# wget http://www.robobunny.com/projects/asciiquarium/asciiquarium.tar.gz
# tar -zxvf asciiquarium.tar.gz
# cd asciiquarium_1.1/ # ls asciiquarium CHANGES gpl.txt MANIFEST README
~/asciiquarium_1.1# cp asciiquarium /usr/local/bin
# chmod 0755 /usr/local/bin/asciiquarium
Now we can launch it with the command
It is very cold so that you need heat? Don't worry, you can use your own fire on your system:
# apt-get install libaa-bin
Now launch your fire with aafire command
It is possible to view our normal images in ascii mode with the asciiview command. It takes images and gives you the output in ascii mode without modifying your original picture.
First, we need to install the command
# apt-get install aview imagemagick
Now, we must go into the folder which contains the images to see in ascii mode
# cd /home/linoxide/Pictures
I have in this directory an image file "linux-admin.jgp".
# asciiview linux-admin.jpg
I am sure that you have understood that we can use the terminal also for fun. It is interesting to have amazing commands. Noticed that it is a non-exhaustive list.