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Enter the Matrix Console

There is something out there and if you follow the white rabbit you might just find something, even if it isn’t what you were orginaly looking for.  With that I offer you the blue pill to some Ubuntu terminal fun.

The program name is cmatrix.  What a fitting name because what the terminal program does is scroll matrix code text inside the terminal.  No need for screensaver applications.  Cmatrix is written in ncurses under Linux, and should compile on other OSes with few modification.

You can install this in Ubuntu with a simple apt-get install cmatrix  and run with the command cmatrix by typing cmatrix –help you can see the following options:


-a: Asynchronous scroll, more like the movie/original screensaver
-b: Partial bold text mode
-B: All bold text mode
-f: Force the linux $TERM type to on
-l: Linux support for linux console matrix.fnt font
-n: No bold text mode
-o: Use “old-style” scrolling – less like the movie, more like the Win/Mac screensaver.
-s: “Screen saver” mode. Any key aborts (default is “eye candy” mode, must abort with control C)
-x: X window mode, use if your xterm is using mtx.pcf
-u [update]: Update delay (0-9, default 4).
-C [color]: Use color for matrix (default green).

Keystrokes available while running (not available in -s mode):
a: Toggle asynch mode
b: Enable partial bold text
B: Enable all bold text
n: Disable bold text
0-9: Change update delay
! @ # $ % ^ & ): Change the color of the matrix to the corresponding color: ! – red, @ – green, # – yellow, $ – blue, % – magenta, ^ – cyan, & – white, ) – black.

Here is a screenshot of me running this in putty