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asciiquarium, of course, covering its installation among many distributions.
If other members of this friendly community have other suggestions about other commands, take the opportunity to report it in this post.
Here is a script I created called demo.sh to show some nice terminal based displays.
$ cat demo.sh
timeout 5 cmatrix
timeout 5 htop
cat uname-a.txt | ccze -A
tail -n 500 /var/log/syslog | ccze -A
fortune | cowsay | lolcat
sl | lolcat
I used to use fortunes-off (Offensive fortunes like fortune cookies) and pipe it to cowsay in my .bashrc. The fortunes-off package has disappeared in the latest Ubuntu releases but it’s still fun without the offensive fortunes. I hobbled together the code from various resources so I cannot take credit.
This is what what it looks like when I launch a terminal:
Here’s the relevant code from my .bashrc:
if [ -x /usr/games/cowsay -a -x /usr/games/fortune ]; then
fortune -s -e | cowsay
The ‘s’ flag is for short fortunes only. I forget what the ‘e’ flag does but it probably sounded like a good idea when I added it.