Ubuntu easter eggsAug 30th, 2007 by Jared Schwager
One of the great things about software is the little hidden things that developers sometimes put in their programs. These are called easter eggs and are more common in Linux code. Our focus is going to be on the numerous easter eggs that can be found in the Linux distribution Ubuntu.
Here’s a few easter eggs in Ubuntu I have found. If you know of more, feel free to mention them in the comments.
The Ubuntu cow
The first easter egg can be found in a program called “moo”. Open the terminal and type aptitude moo. The program will say “There are no Easter Eggs in this program”, but don’t trust everything you read.
Now type aptitude -v moo. It will give you almost the same message as the previous one, but slightly different.
Keep adding an extra v to the command until you reach aptitude -vvvvvv moo (6 v’s). This will be the last easter egg in the program.
Funny Ubuntu names
As if the names of the different Ubuntu releases weren’t funny enough, the developers decided to give each Ubuntu release alternative names.
Type either of the following in the terminal:
zcat /usr/share/doc/linux-image-`uname -r`/changelog.Debian.gz | egrep -e “Release”
zgrep “The.*Release” /usr/share/doc/dpkg/changelog.Debian.gz
And you’ll get something similar to:
The “Ben got a PowerBook for Christmas” Release.
The “Quickest re-release ever” Release
The “Oh crap, what did I get myself into?” Release.
The “Welcome Ben!” Release.
The “Morose Mungbean” Release.
The “Laughing Lentil” Release.
Star-Wars in OpenOffice.org
Open the OpenOffice.org Calc application and enter =Game(“StarWars”) into any cell and press enter. This should launch a Star-Wars game which looks a lot like the old Space Invaders game from back in the Atari days.
Book of Mozilla
This easter egg is not limited to just Ubuntu, but since Firefox is included with Ubuntu, I feel it has the right to be called an Ubuntu easter egg. Open a new tab in Firefox and type about:mozilla.