Of course, it might be intimidating at first, but once you get to know the terminal better, you’ll start to love it.
You will probably use the terminal for serious work. But there are also lots of fun things you can do in the terminal.
One of them is experimenting with ASCII art. You can display predefined or random messages, play games or run animations in ASCII format in the Linux terminal using various command line tools.
My teammate Sreenath enjoys exploring such unusual CLI tools and sharing his insights with me. I share these insights with you.
Most of these programs should be available in your Linux distribution’s repositories. You can use your system’s package manager to install them. To keep the article concise, I’ve only included the installation guide for Ubuntu.
1. lolcat: Add colors to your terminal
In order! lolcat has nothing to do with ASCII art. At least not directly.
Nevertheless I put it at the beginning of this article because you can combine other ASCII tools with lolcat.
So what does it do? It is similar to the cat command but adds random gradient colors to its output.
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