Ubuntu easter eggs

Aug 30th, 2007 by Jared Schwager ,

Easter eggs 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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"
    or
    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.

  3. Star-Wars in OpenOffice.org

    Star-Wars You thought office applications were all just meant for hard work. Well, think again. There's a hidden Star-Wars game 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.

  4. 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.

    The following message from "The Book of Mozilla" will be displayed:
    Book of Mozilla

10 reader comments

  1. October 3rd, 2007 at 11:08 pm Robbie P. says:
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    Actually, you missed the best one:
    Type “fortune” without quotes into the terminal.
    You can do this repeatedly for varied effects.

    ROTFL to ya!

  2. February 11th, 2008 at 12:45 am Raseel says:
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    @Robbie : I don’t think fortune is an easter-egg. It’s just a quotes displaying tool.

  3. November 24th, 2008 at 5:00 am luke says:
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    Hey, Typing aptitude then something radom after it eg. fly, will give you the same thing as typing “aptitude moo”

  4. March 11th, 2009 at 3:34 am Cyberto says:
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    Haha the Openoffice Egg is pretty cool :)

  5. August 25th, 2009 at 9:19 am Thibault says:
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    Try about:robots in firefox ;)

  6. April 2nd, 2010 at 6:29 am NST says:
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    This one i salso really cool press “alt+f2″ and type “gegls from outer space” (without the quotes).

  7. May 19th, 2010 at 8:57 am bgamlath says:
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    sudo apt-get moo

  8. November 16th, 2010 at 5:20 pm Devin says:
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    If you press “alt+f4″ in firefox you get a really good easter egg.

  9. November 16th, 2010 at 5:21 pm Devin says:
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    Also works in the terminal.

  10. May 31st, 2011 at 9:32 am reisner says:
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    “alt+f4″ do people really fall for that ?????

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