The forgotten ASCII art…

It’s really cool, logging on a server and see its name shown using an amazing yet simple text symbols like this one:

    ____   _____ ______________     ____    ____  ______
   / _  | / ___// ____/  _/  _/    / _  |  / __ \/_  __/
  / /_| | \__ \/ /    / / / /     / /_| | / /_/ / / /   
 / /__| | __/ / /___ / / / /     / /__| |/ / / / / /
/_/   |_/____/\____/___/___/    /_/   |_/_/ |_| /_/

and this one:

       ,--(_)         |              | 
     _/ ;-._\    |  | |,-. |  |,--. -+- |  | 
    (_)(   ) )   |  | |  | |  ||  |  |  |  | 
      \ ;-'_/    `--' `--' `--''  '  `- `--' 
       `--(_)

The possibilities are unlimited, you can put this in your /etc/motd to have a nice welcome every time you login with SSH to a machine, like this one:

            /;
           / |'-,.
          /  '    `"---,.__
         /  '    ,'     ,  '"--,"|
        /  '    ,     ,'     ,"::|
       /  '   ,'    ,      ,"::::|
      /  '   ,    ,'     ,"::::::L
     /  '  ,'   ,'     ,"::::::::L
    /  '  ,    ,     ,":::::::::J
    k-,._    ,'   _.":::::::::::J
     \.  `"----'"".J::::::::::::|
      \.    .-,    .L:::::::::::|
       \.  (       .J:::::::::::!
        \.  `--     .L:::::::::/
         \.   .-.   .|::::::::/
          \. (   )  .J:::::::/
           \. `-'    .L:::::/
            \.  L    .|::::/
             \. !__  .J:::/
              \.  __  .L:/
               \. L_) .|/
                `-,__,-'

The 1st person to introduce this neat art to me is Tamer Embaby, my team leader in ITWorx…

Here are some sites that provide huge galleries to pick ascii art from, and probably contribute to it, googling around will give you more results:

http://www.ascii-art.de/ascii/

http://www.chris.com/ASCII/

And the page on Wikipedia.

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