Everytime work and no play
Linux is one of the most astoundingly Operating Systems around when it comes to working from the command line. When you need to perform a particular task there are odds are there is an application or script you can use right from the terminal to get it done. But, as there is a quote in a good book, “All work and no play make Jack really bored or something”, So We collected some of favorite stupid,pointless, annoying or amusing things that you can do right in your Linux Terminal.
The Matrix is always cool ,right?
“cmatrix” is your friend when you want your terminal to do that scrolling text, l33t, Matrix-y thing? . You can set it to have different colors output too, which is snazzy.You can learn complete instructions of this command by typing “man cmatrix”. Or, better yet, “man cmatrix | lolcat”. Which, really, is the most pointless (but wonderful) thing you can do in the Linux Terminal.
OMG, Colors Everywhere
Are you tired of boring old text? Do you want to show the world your true style? Here is the thing “lolcat”. Install it. Use it. Everywhere. It takes any text as input and turns it into a rainbow of wonder. Piping text into lolcat (ala “fortune | lolcat”) is sure to liven up any party.
Enter “cowsay”. It does what you think. You make a cow say things anything you like and it’s not even limited to cows. Calvin, Beavis, and the Ghostbusters logo are all available in full ASCII art glory to findout type “cowsay -l” for a full list of what’s available in this, Linux’s most powerful tool. Remember that, like most great terminal applications, you can pipe the output from other applications straight into cowsay (ala “fortune | cowsay”).
Let your terminal have ATTITUDE !
Step 1) Type “sudo visudo”.
Step 2) At the bottom of the “Defaults” (near the top of the file) add, on a new line, “Defaults insults”.
Step 3) Save the file.
you may be thinkingthat “What did I just do to my computer?” . Something swag. Now, whenever you issue a sudo command and misstype your password, your computer will call you names. My favorite: “Listen, burrito brains, I don’t have time to listen to this trash.”
Want to become an 3l33t h@x0r
When one does need to “whip out the nmap,” one need to look as l33t as humanly possible. Add a “-oS” to any nmap command (such as “nmap -oS – google.com”). ka Boom. You’re now in what is officially known as “<a href=”http://nmap.org/book/output-formats-script-kiddie.html” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow” tabindex=”0″>Script Kiddie Mode</a>.” Keanu Reeves and Angelina Jolie would be proud.
Terminal Steam Locomotive
You definately need to try this.Want a animated ASCII art steam locomotive in your terminal? You need this. Install and run “sl”. Use “sl -l” for a tiny version. Or, if you want to really spend some time on this, “sl-h”. This is the full train, including passenger cars.
An interesting is aptitude’s take on “moo”. Type “aptitude moo” (on Ubuntu and the like) and you’ll be corrected about thinking “moo” would do anything. Try the same command again, this time with an optional “-v” attribute. Don’t stop there. Add v’s, one at a time, until aptitude gives you what you want.
Reversing any text
Pipe the output of any text into “rev” and it will reverse the text. “fortune | rev” gives you a fortune. In reverse. Which is not a misfortune.
That screenshot you see? That’s what typing “apt-get moo” (on a Debian-based system) does. That’s it. Don’t go looking for this to do something fancy. It won’t. That, I kid you not, is it. But it’s one of the most commonly known little Easter eggs on Linux. So I include it here, right near the beginning, so I won’t get 5,000 emails telling me I missed it in this list.So that where i leave