Easter Egg Hunting

Happy Easter!

Time for some easter egg hunting. If you’ve been using Ubuntu for a while, you’ll probably be familiar with these Eggs. Whether you are or not, there’s sure to be many more that haven’t been found.

1. Supercow powers!

Anyone who has used a Debian based system is probably aware of APT’s supercow powers. If you type “apt-get” in a terminal and press ENTER, you’ll notice a message at the bottom that says “This APT has Super Cow Powers”. When you type “apt-get moo”, you’ll get a message asking “Have you mooed today?

If you try the same in aptitude, you get the message “There are no Easter Eggs in this program”. Of course, it’s lying! Try a “aptitude -vv moo”, then “aptitude -vvv moo”, increasing the v’s which usually means verbosity. Aptitude will eventually give up and give you an Egg :)

2. Message from the book of Mozilla

Open a Firefox tab or window, and type: “about:mozilla” in the URL field. You will get a message from the book of Mozilla:

3. Ubuntu names

These funny “Ubuntu names” are stored in your Ubuntu kernel documentation files:

jonathan@highvoltage-t42 $ zcat /usr/share/doc/linux-image-`uname -r`/changelog.Debian.gz | egrep -e "Release"
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.

There’s also:

jonathan@highvoltage-t42 $ zgrep "The.*Release" /usr/share/doc/dpkg/changelog.Debian.gz
The "Good, clean fun" Release.
The "Bully's Special Prize" Release.
The "On like Donkey Kong" Release.
The "In like Flynn" Release.
The "Maidenhead Creeping Water Plant" Release.
The "Just kidding about the God part" Release.
The "Flatulent Elm of West Ruislip" Release.
The "� 他媽的天下所有的人都該死" Release.

4. OpenOffice.org Star Wars

I’ve blogged about this before, but it’s still good proof that OpenOffice.org is bloated.
Open up OpenOffice.org2 Calc, then enter:
in any cell and press enter!

Those are 4 kuick ones I could find that work in Ubuntu, but there’s much more! Happy hunting!


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4 Responses

  1. Some_Person says:

    5. On the logon screen, type “Require Quarter” in the username field. Then log in as usual. It will ask you to insert 25 cents to log in.

    6. Press Alt-F2 and type in “gegls from outer space”. You will get a space invaders game with cows.

    7. Press Alt-F2 and type in “free the fish”. Wanda the Fish will float around your screen. Clicking on it will make it swim away, but it will come back. To get rid of the fish, press Alt-F2 and type “pkill gnome-panel”. Your panel will disappear for a moment, but will come back.

  2. Jam says:

    Ooh, a few new ones here that I didn’t know about! Thanks :)

  3. it still works in version 3.0 :) and calc is now called OpenOffice Spreadsheet :)

  1. 1 October 2009

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