Tuesday, September 1, 2015

How to show the matrix effect on command line

In this article i'm going to show you some cool stuff, which is showing 'the matrix' effect on command line/console/terminal of lubuntu/ubuntu. Let's have some fun.

I guess everybody knows what 'the matrix' effect means, if you don't understand, go watch movie called 'the matrix', you'll know what i'm talking about.

Okay, to show 'the matrix' effect on command line of lubuntu/ubuntu, we need to install something, there is a program called cmatrix. So go ahead open your console and then type this command:

sudo apt-get install cmatrix

Now, you can run the program


There are some parameters/options that you can use with cmatrix, such as:
       -a     Asynchronous scroll

       -b     Bold characters on

       -B     All bold characters (overrides -b)

       -f     Force the linux $TERM type to be on

       -l     Linux mode (sets "matrix.fnt" font in console)

       -o     Use old-style scrolling

       -h, -? Print usage and exit

       -n     No bold characters (overrides -b and -B)

       -s     "Screensaver" mode, exits on first keystroke

       -x     X window mode, use if your xterm is using mtx.pcf

       -V     Print version information and exit

       -u delay
              Screen update delay 0 - 9, default 4

       -C color
              Use  this  color  for  matrix (default green).  Valid colors are
              green, red, blue, white, yellow, cyan, magenta and black.

How to go fullscreen:

If you want to run cmatrix on fullscreen, simply press CTRL + ALT + F1, you will switch to fullscreen text mode, enter username and password (login), and then run cmatrix. To go back to x window (GUI) press CTRL + ALT + F7.

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