Humor: Ubuntu Linux Easter Eggs using apt-get and aptitude commands

by on August 30, 2007 · 5 comments· LAST UPDATED August 30, 2007

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Earlier today someone in IRC chat room pointed out me an easter egg (hidden feature or message in a game or software or sound track) for Ubuntu Linux.

apt-get command easter egg

Open your terminal and type the command:

apt-get moo

  / |    ||
 *  /\---/\
    ~~   ~~
...."Have you mooed today?"...

aptitude command easter egg

Also try out following at a shell prompt:
aptitude -v moo

There really are no Easter Eggs in this program.

Now try one more time:
aptitude -vv moo

Didn't I already tell you that there are no Easter Eggs in this program?

Heh, keep adding more v options to a command:
aptitude -vvv moo
aptitude -vvvvv moo

I'm sure there are more easter eggs. I'd love to read about more hidden features in the comments section below.

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 maop September 2, 2007 at 7:57 am

you forgot “aptitude moo”


2 Augustin December 7, 2007 at 10:51 pm
3 LostOverThere February 23, 2008 at 4:04 am

These are awesome! :D


4 lishyguy April 19, 2009 at 9:21 am

Did anyone get the reference in the aptitude command? The Easter egg it gives you refers to “The Little Prince”, where the narrator draws a snake eating an elephant, and all the grown-ups laugh at him because he asks them if they are scared of it. They say, “Why should we be afraid of a hat?”


5 Matt July 30, 2012 at 7:45 pm

LOL love them :)


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