Linux Easter Eggs

pic The ubuntu fish... - 8.3/10 with 43 votes
This no doubt works in versions of ubuntu below feisty too, though I don't know how far back and it might not be ubuntu specific, it might just be gnome.

Press alt+f2 to get the run dialogue box
Enter "free the fish" without the quotes of course

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pic No Super Cow Powers for Aptitude? - 8.3/10 with 104 votes
Although aptitude, the successor to apt-get does not have Super Cow powers (typing "aptitude --help" brings up a help screen that informs you of this at the end), it does have an easter egg.

1.Type "aptitude moo" & press ENTER
aptitude responds... more
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pic Collection of Linux Easter Eggs - 8.3/10 with 11 votes
add these codes in your browser's address bar while at a php site
Ex: while having site up:
and one of these 4 codes after the php:

Shows... more
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pic Vim (Vi Improved) Response to Meaning of Life - 8.3/10 with 30 votes
Open vi improved:

$ vim

Then type ":help 42"

:help 42

This is a reference to "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

Works wherever vi improved (vim) is installed.
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Extra Boot Option in Ultima Linux - 8.0/10 with 2 votes
When Booting the Ultima Linux Live CD
( at the boot option menu press F4 to get a Monty Python Quote, and a Note from the Developer to stop pressing buttons before you break something.

pic Apt-Get and Super Cow Powers - 7.6/10 with 318 votes
1. Type apt-get help. If the egg is present one, there will be a line "This APT has Super Cow Powers."
2. Type apt-get moo and you will see a picture of a cow drawn in ascii and message "have you mooed today?"

You do not need root permissions to do... more
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Chameleon in SuSE 8.2 CD/DVD-bootsplash - 7.3/10 with 7 votes
1. boot a SuSE 8.2 CD or DVD
2. after the greeting the bootsplash apears, press Up/Down to stop the countdown
3. press F5 and enjoy how the Chameleon appears slowly by a nice special-effect ;-)

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Printer on Fire! - 7.0/10 with 554 votes
1. Using LINUX 2.2.1 (havent checked others), with bidirectional printer support
2. Print from the network and force a printer jam (tear a corner off a piece of paper and put back into th printer)
3. Issue a print command
4. Watch the output of... more
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pic Curse Words in Linux Source - 7.0/10 with 167 votes
Get yourself to a console. Type in:

grep -R <curseword> /usr/src/linux/*

Replace <curseword> with your favourite curse word. Try it a couple times with different words. It would seem linux programmers have some issues to deal with...

A few personal... more
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Aerosmith Quote in Linux Logout - 6.9/10 with 104 votes
Create a user account on your system with login "tyler". Log into the shell (tested with BASH, though I think this egg comes from the Linux kernel itself), and enter the 'reboot' or 'halt' command. (You can do this as root in another terminal if you need... more
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pic Hidden Dates in the Linux Kernel - 6.8/10 with 26 votes
In order to prevent the reboot() system call being
called inadvertently, you must pass it a pair of magic values in the first two parameters. The first magic value is 0xfee1dead. The second magic value
is one of:

$ grep LINUX_REBOOT_MAGIC include/linux/*.h
include/linux/reboot.h:#define... more
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Fedora Core 6 Douglas Adams References - 6.5/10 with 4 votes
Head to the directory /var/named and open and in a text editor such as vi, gedit, kedit, etc.

The file should have information in it pertaining to the IP

3 lines into it, the serial is set to 42, with a... more

Happy 10th Birthday SuSE! - 6.0/10 with 20 votes
It's fairly simple. Insert the installation CD-ROM for SuSE 8.1 and then press F10 BEFORE it times out and starts the installation process. When you press F10 you will see a birthday cake with the SuSE logo in the bottom left corner of your monitor,... more

Thanks for All the Fish! - 5.7/10 with 57 votes
You can only see this egg when you make a new installation of Linux.

1. Put the first CD or DVD in the drive and follow the steps for the installation. The installation should be in 2 parts: first a basic system is installed and started, secondly... more
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Red Hat Linux 8.0 Credits - 5.7/10 with 30 votes
Start an X session and then press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Triple-click on the background image.

This will start a rolling credits scene.

The program it runs is /usr/libexec/redhat-credits, thus you could run it manually.
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Su Gives Funny Comments - 5.6/10 with 212 votes
if you have sudo installed (tested with CU Sudo version 1.5.9p1) AND you are in the /etc/sudoers file, try this:

sudo (command)

use whatever command you are allowed to run in the sudoers file. make sure it is NOT a NOPASSWD marked one.

sudo will... more
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3d X - 2.8/10 with 28 votes
1. Start X (not with startx though. We need to see the background).

2. Cross or relax your eyes. If you do it perfectly then you will see a 3D X!

Coffee Distributor - 2.6/10 with 123 votes
(This egg was found on Mandrake but his also in Debian and maybe some other distributions).

To show the Manual pages for the coffee distributor, simply type "man c" in a command line. It will show the Coffee Distributor with the options (such as quantity... more
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