Last Updated on June 8, 2023
Linux Candy is a series of articles covering interesting eye candy software. We only feature open source software in this series.
Some of the programs in this series are purely cosmetic, frivolous pieces of fun. Candy at their finest. But we also include some programs that aren’t purely decorative.
There are a diverse range of programs included in this series. Programs such as eDEX-UI and Variety are actually highly practical programs. ASCIIQuarium has soothing and relaxing qualities for your desktop. Other programs included in this series (such as lolcat, cacafire) are included purely for their decorative qualities. And then there’s some really fun software that just raises a smile or two.
Here’s our current collection for the Linux Candy series. We’ve written a fairly concise review for each of the programs listed below.
|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|
|catclock||xclock with an enhanced cat mode|
|cbonsai||Generate bonsai trees in the terminal|
|chucknorris||Chuck Norris jokes in your terminal|
|cornyjokes||Corny jokes for the terminal|
|CMatrix||ncurses program that simulates the display from “The Matrix”|
|ctree||A Christmas tree right on your terminal|
|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|
|linuxwave||Generate music from the entropy of Linux|
|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|
|pscircle||A different take on the venerable ps command|
|pyjokes||One line jokes for programmers|
|Pywal||Generate color schemes on the fly|
|Relaxator||Relax to soothing sounds|
|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|
We are scouring the net looking for new and wonderful programs to add to this collection.
You may have stumbled upon an open source program that raises a smile, brightens up your day, or just looks amazing without necessarily having great practical benefit. If it’s not already listed, please share these gems with us in the “Share your Thoughts” section below. If they meet the criteria, we’ll add them to the collection.
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