6 Really Cool Linux Stocking Stuffers
Being from the United Kingdom, the week between Christmas and the New Year is usually a
work-free zone for me. So here's a few Linux command-line
Easter Christmas Eggs for you to while away a little time if
you are unfortunate enough to be back at your desk already.
- Try apt-get moo for some splendid ASCII art.
- aptitude, however, is too grown-up for that stuff, as aptitude moo will tell you. And aptitude -v moo, and even aptitude -vv moo. But keep adding on more vs, and see where it gets you. (Bonus points for anyone who gets the Little Prince reference.)
- Open up vim, and try :help 42 for another literary reference.
- If you're prone to mistyping the ls command, install the package sl. Next time you mistype, more lovely ASCII art will be there to cheer you up. On a Mac (package available via Fink), this goes right across the whole screen rather than just the terminal, which is neat.
- In further 'ridiculous programs' news, try Vigor if you have always thought that what vi really needs to beat out MS Word forever is its own version of that damn paperclip.
- Alternatively, you can make your Perl programs look like various sorts of ASCII art. Or replace all the source code with versions of the word Buffy. Or make it look like a pony. (There are more similar packages in the Acme:: namespace.)
Hopefully, that's enough to cheer you up as the shine starts to wear off the presents!
Juliet Kemp has been messing around with Linux systems, for financial reward and otherwise, for about a decade. She is also the author of "Linux System Administration Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach" (Apress, 2009).