When sysadmining a number Debian machines, you start to get sick of the default login message very quickly (and they all start to look the same too!):
Linux alpha 2.6.32-5-amd64 #1 SMP Wed May 18 23:13:22 UTC 2011 x86_64 The programs included with the Debian GNU/Linux system are free software; the exact distribution terms for each program are described in the individual files in /usr/share/doc/*/copyright. Debian GNU/Linux comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by applicable law. No mail. Last login: Sat Jun 25 12:23:15 2011 from localhost root@alpha:~#
I discovered figlet the other day which allows you to create your own ASCII art words.
figlet -f smslant alpha > /etc/motd.tail
You can experiment with various figlet fonts using the -f argument. Once happy, save the output in /etc/motd.tail where it will be used to regenerate the message of the day each day.
Linux alpha 2.6.32-5-amd64 #1 SMP Wed May 18 23:13:22 UTC 2011 x86_64 __ __ ___ _/ /__ / / ___ _ / _ `/ / _ \/ _ \/ _ `/ \_,_/_/ .__/_//_/\_,_/ /_/ No mail. Last login: Sat Jun 25 12:23:15 2011 from localhost root@alpha:~#