8 fun Linux utilities

8 fun Linux utilities

We’ve put together a few fun Linux utilities, try them out for yourself.

Read on and you’ll get greeted by a cow in your console, you’ll become Neo and dive into the matrix, and your console will light up in flames.

cmatrix

The matrix, straight out of the eponymous movie, will appear in your terminal. To install it on Ubuntu, run: sudo apt-get install cmatrix
Then, type cmatrix in the terminal.

apt-get easter egg

A cow will appear and ask you, “have you mooed today?” Just run apt-get moo

aafire

A fire will light up your console. To install it on Ubuntu, run: sudo apt install libaa-bin
Then, type aafire in the terminal.

sl

Want to see a train drive through your console? To install it on Ubuntu, run sudo apt install sl, and then type sl in the terminal.

fortune

Fortune is a random joke and quote generator. It displays random messages, which can be funny or wise, depending on your luck. To install it on Ubuntu, run: sudo apt install fortune Then, type fortune in the terminal.

figlet

Creates stylized ASCII art text banners. To install it on Ubuntu, run: sudo apt install figlet
Then, type fortune and then the text you want in the terminal.

nyancat

Plays an animated version of the Nyan Cat meme in the terminal.
To install it on Ubuntu, run: sudo apt install nyancat

pipes.sh

The pipes.sh command is a terminal-based emulator of the game “Pipe Mania.” It draws random lines that create interesting, random patterns.

To install it on Ubuntu, run: sudo apt install pipes-sh
Then, type pipes-sh in the terminal.

What other amusing Linux utilities do you know of?