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5 geeky Easter eggs for Easter

In time for Easter we thought that we should list a few funny and geeky Easter eggs. Easter eggs in software don’t do anything good besides being funny which we of course like. So here we present a few selected ones that we think are funny.

Mac OS X Leopard, Blue Screen of Death

Start by connecting to a networked PC and then open finder. In the sidebar to the left an icon will be shown under Devices. The icon looks like an old CRT monitor with the well known Blue Screen of Death, if you would like a closer look use Cover Flow.

Leopard, BSOD

GNOME cow attack

Press Alt+F2 to open the run dialog box and then type “gegls from outer space” without the quotes. You will get a Space Invaders type of game but with cows.

Should work in all GNOME distributions.

Gnome Cows

GIMP, Pushing your Pixels since 1995

Hold down the Alt-key and the open Help > About to show a alternative about image. In some cases it’s the Ctrl-key instead of Alt.

GIMP pixel pusher

GNOME fish

Press Alt+F2 to open the run dialog box and then type “free the fish” without the quotes. You’ll get a small fish on your desktop.

Should work in all GNOME distributions.


Package manager cows

Apt-get has some art if you type “apt-get moo” in the terminal. You will get a ASCII cow.

A similar easter egg is available in Gentoo if you type “emerge moo” in the terminal.

And finally in Debian and aptitude where they stretched the joke a bit. Type “aptitude moo” and you will get the text “There are no Easter Eggs in this program”. If you then type “aptitude –v moo” you get the message “There really are no Easter Eggs in this program”. Keep on adding –v’s to get several messages until you get to “aptitude –vvvvv moo” where the text reads “All right, you win” together with a ASCII drawing.


Do you know any good Easter Eggs? Please share them with us in the comments.

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Awesome post! Try a search for “virus” at for another sweet easter egg ;)

Just a heads-up to the reader – if you do “free the fish” in Gnome, there’s no supplied way to get rid of the fish. You have to killall gnome-panel, or the fish will keep swimming in and bothering you for your whole session.

And notice that the BSOD is displayed on what appears to be an old CRT — a tube monitor.

@Jim Thompson:

How the fuck could anyone fail in noticing that?

The ‘Redundancy Award’ is waiting at the post-office for you.

Running Ubuntu Gutsy, but the Alt+F2 doesn’t work (also tried Ctrl+F2 as well). :(

Security Breach

March 21st, 2008 at 1:24 am

The Gimp easter egg does not work on Gimp 2.4.5 running under PCLinuxOS 2007 Gnome Edition.


lame egg, but

in smart, type “smart moo”

you get….

“I’m way smarter than a cow!”

lame, but it is one