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Linux Candy is a series of articles covering interesting eye candy software. We only feature open-source software in this series.
Boxes is a command line program that draws a wide variety of boxes around input text. In essence, it’s a text filter, and works together with a text editor. Most major text editors support filters, including Vim, Emacs, and Jed. It can also be run from the command line as a standalone tool.
Filters are software that read input text from standard input, modify that text, and write the new text to standard output.
Boxes can draw shapes ranging from simple boxes to complex ASCII art.
You may find a packages for Boxes in your distribution’s repositories. For example, there’s a package for Boxes in the Arch User Repository. But if you need to compile the source code, the steps are very straightforward.
$ git clone https://github.com/ascii-boxes/boxes.git
$ cd boxes
$ sudo cp doc/boxes.1 /usr/share/man/man1/boxes.1
$ sudo cp boxes-config /etc/boxes-config
$ sudo cp src/boxes /usr/bin/boxes
Complete list of articles in this series:
|ASCIIQuarium||Embrace marine life from the terminal with beautiful ASCII art|
|BobRossQuotes||Collection of quotes from Bob Ross|
|Boxes||Command line ASCII boxes|
|Buoh||Online strips comics reader|
|cacafire||Color ASCII fire|
|chucknorris||Chuck Norris jokes in your terminal|
|cornyjokes||Corny jokes for the terminal|
|CMatrix||ncurses program that simulates the display from “The Matrix”|
|eDEX-UI||Sci-fi computer terminal emulator and system monitor|
|emoj||Simple tool that to find suitable emojis for pasting to your clipboard|
|Emote||Modern popup emoji picker|
|Evolvotron||Interactive generative art|
|Fondo||Find beautiful wallpapers from Unsplash|
|gti||Typo-based curio inspired by Steam Locomotive|
|Hollywood||Fill your console with Hollywood melodrama technobabble|
|lolcat||Rainbows and unicorns|
|No More Secrets||Recreates the data decryption effect from the Sneakers movie|
|nyancat||Terminal-based Pop Tart Cat Animation|
|oneko||Animal chasing fun|
|pipes.sh||Animated pipes terminal screensaver|
|ponysay||cowsay reimplemention for ponies|
|projectM||Music visualizer originally based on Milkdrop|
|Pywal||Generate color schemes on the fly|
|Rusty Aquarium||Monitoring by visualization|
|Steam Locomotive||C program written in 295 lines. It's harmless fun|
|Ternimal||Animated lifeform in the terminal|
|terminal-parrot||Party parrot time|
|tetris||Tile-matching puzzle video game in your terminal|
|Variety||Wallpaper manager with many desktops and wallpaper sources|
|WallGen||Generate HQ poly wallpapers with a few arguments.|
|WallpaperDownloader||Download, change, and manage wallpapers|
|xcowsay||Displays a cow on your desktop with message|
|XDecorations||Add some festive cheer to your desktop|
|XScreenSaver||Framework and collection of screensavers|