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Turn Your Ubuntu Terminal Into A Hollywood Technical Melodrama Hacker Interface

By sk
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You may have seen Hollywood movies depicting scenes with multiple Terminals open on multiple monitors, displaying strange codes, texts, and images. This is a common theme in science fiction and thriller films. In such movies, CIA personnel often appear to be intensely busy, working with multiple monitors and running various consoles in a highly sophisticated room. When I was a child and watched these Hollywood movies, I used to think they were real, and those scenes gave me goosebumps. If you find yourself with some free time and want to experience what those multiple consoles look like on your Ubuntu desktop, you should try the 'hollywood' utility. The Hollywood utility will turn your Ubuntu Linux console into a veritable Hollywood technical melodrama hacker interface.

The hollywood utility fills your console with Hollywood melodrama technobabble wallstreet and also with Wall Street-like news and stats.

Hollywood is an Ubuntu package developed by Dustin Kirkland, former Cloud Solutions Product Manager of Canonical, in his leisure time. To be honest, Hollywood is a mesmerizing, fun, cool and unfortunately USELESS app. You can use it just for fun! Watch the below video demonstration of Ubuntu Hollywood.

Hollywood Technical Melodrama

Install Hollywood in Ubuntu

Hollywood is available as snap package, so you can install on any Linux distributions that supports snapd.

$ sudo snap install hollywood --classic

Hollywood is available in default repositories of Ubuntu 15.04. Also, Dustin have created a PPA for other Ubuntu versions.

Run the following commands one bye one to install Hollywood in your Ubuntu system.

$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:hollywood/ppa
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install hollywood
$ sudo apt-get install byobu

Turn Your Ubuntu Terminal Into A Hollywood Technical Melodrama Hacker Interface

Once installed, run the following command to start the Melodrama in your console:

$ hollywood

Sample outputs:

Hollywood utility in action
Hollywood utility in action
Hollywood in action
Hollywood in action

What are you waiting for? Go get this app and impress your colleagues and friends! If they are non-techie, I hope they will impress and think you're such tech prodigy! Have fun!!

Dustin have also created many other useful utilities such as Purge-old-kernels, and Adapt. Check the following links to know more about them.


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Marcos H. Alano November 30, 2016 - 2:40 am

That is so ducking cool. :O <3

smartroad November 30, 2016 - 1:55 pm

Can this be compiled for other systems? Would be great to run on say a Raspberry Pi or other SBC uses less power lol

SK December 1, 2016 - 6:34 am

I am not sure. Please contact the developer Dustin Kirkland.

James LaBarre December 1, 2016 - 2:33 am

*****WARNING!!!!***** Run this with the “-q” switch, otherwise it will start playing music from that Tom Cruise abomination of M:I, and you will have to hunt down and kill the background task (closing the terminal will not do it).

EDIT: secondary warning, the “-q” switch doesn’t work. So I advise you to NOT install it, because it is an example of shoddy programming.

Al June 7, 2020 - 8:43 am

well, this nice, how to exit btw 😀

Maxis October 14, 2021 - 5:16 pm

By pressing ctrl+c (maybe a few times) and then typing ‘exit’


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