More shenanigans from the command line within Ubuntu; EASTER EGGS!
In the coming months, if I get wind of a heap of these, then I might dedicate Linux Easter Eggs their own page, but for now a humble post will suffice.
Go on, try these out in your Ubuntu or Linux Mint installation, you know you want to!
For the apt-get VS aptitude Easter Eggs, you may firstly need to install aptitude depending on your distribution’s bundled software. In the case of Ubuntu 13.04, aptitude is NOT part of the main installation (though it is in LM15), and therefore has to be added afterwards with either the Ubuntu Software Centre or (ironically enough) apt-get. For the latter, the following should work:
sudo apt-get install aptitude
Then, try this out to get started:
and to answer the age-old question regarding the difference between apt-get and aptitude:
aptitude -v moo
aptitude -vv moo
aptitude -vvv moo
aptitude -vvvv moo
aptitude -vvvvv moo
and finally (after long last)……
aptitude -vvvvvv moo
and continuing the apt-get VS aptitude (and to a lesser extent, ‘cows’) theme, here are a few more:
apt-get -h | tail -n 1
and…….not to forget:
aptitude -h | tail -n 1
Within previous versions of Ubuntu (well, 8.04 at least!) there was also the ‘Wanda the fish” Easter Egg.
I downloaded and installed 8.04.4 LTS (Hardy Heron) within a Virtual Box VM just to test this one….
Open the quick-command ALT-F2 and type:
free the fish
and…….you will be rewarded with ‘Wanda the fish” swimming around your desktop for a few minutes, a la below:
Humorously enough, if you try the same stunt in 13.04 you are greeted with:
In case you were about to ask; No, clicking on the file/application or otherwise interacting with it in any other way doesn’t illicit any response (that I have found, anyway!).