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Linux Candy – Free and Open Source Software that’s Fun

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’s 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.

Linux Candy
WallGenGenerate HQ poly wallpapers with a few arguments.
ASCIIQuariumEmbrace marine life from the terminal with beautiful ASCII art
ponysaycowsay reimplemention for ponies
cacafireColor ASCII fire
TernimalAnimated lifeform in the terminal
lolcatRainbows and unicorns
CMatrixncurses program that simulates the display from “The Matrix”
nyancatTerminal-based Pop Tart Cat Animation
xcowsayDisplays a cow on your desktop with message
tetrisTile-matching puzzle video game in your terminal
Steam LocomotiveC program written in 295 lines. It's harmless fun
gtiTypo-based curio inspired by Steam Locomotive
onekoAnimal chasing fun
BoxesCommand line ASCII boxes
BuohOnline strips comics reader
pipes.shAnimated pipes terminal screensaver
VarietyWallpaper manager supporting many desktops and wallpaper sources
eDEX-UISci-fi computer terminal emulator and system monitor
XDecorationsAdd some festive cheer to your desktop
EvolvotronInteractive generative art
HollywoodFill your console with Hollywood melodrama technobabble
PywalGenerate color schemes on the fly

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.

If you want programs that are more substantial, check out our Best Free and Open Source Software compilation. It’s the largest collection of recommended open source software. The collection includes hundreds of articles, with comprehensive sections covering internet, graphics, video, audio, games, programming, science, office, utilities, and much more.

What makes open source awesome? Open source programs let you use, modify, and distribute the source code under the terms of the software’s license. Open source software has become so popular not primarily for cost reasons, but because of decentralization, rapid development cycles and the availability of open source to everyone.

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