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Linux Candy: ASCIIQuarium – embrace marine life from the terminal

Last Updated on May 25, 2022

In Operation

A simple screenshot of ASCIIQuarium couldn’t possibly do this sea animation its full justice. So here’s a 3 minute video showing some of the many delights that you’ll see.

On the seabed there’s a rather splendid castle and seaweed. Underwater castles. Hmm. There’s nothing to suggest we’re looking at Atlantis, a fictional island. And it’s not likely based on the real 3,000-year-old castle discovered by divers and researchers in Turkey’s Lake Van.

As you’d expect underwater, there’s a variety of animated fish swimming about. A few very large fish, as well as tiddlers (I always seem to catch the later). There’s attention to detail with elements for the body, dorsal fin, flippers, eye, mouth, tailfin, and gills. The air bubbles floating to the surface are a meticulous addition.

What else populates the aquarium? Lurking in the depths of the sea are ravenous sharks with razor sharp teeth. Pity the helpless fish when they get devoured by them! Sharks can die too.

There’s an animated fishing line with a fishhook that periodically catches a fish as it innocently minds its own business. It’s my favorite animation.

On the surface, you’ll witness ships, whales spouting water, monsters (Loch Ness?), dolphins, swans, and even ducks. It’s one of the most diverse aquariums you could possibly imagine.

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Page 2 – In Operation
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Angus
Angus
4 years ago

What and where is CPAN? It would be helpful if you would add a link. This is, after all, a Linux Links article!)

Isobel Craven
Isobel Craven
4 years ago

Here’s a tip Angus. Google is your friend.

Angus
Angus
4 years ago

Actually, I put a link in my comment.

Phil Evans
Phil Evans
4 years ago

Well done for promoting the lighter side of Linux. I’m looking forward to more in this ‘Candy’ series.

Alan C
Alan C
2 years ago

I like that some of the programs are just a welcome distraction