Fastfetch: What is it and how can we use it on Debian?

Fastfetch: What is it and how can we use it on Debian?

Fastfetch: What is it and how can we use it on Debian?

As you may already know, if you are one of our thousands of faithful and frequent readers, the customization of each essential software element of free and open operating systems based on Linux is usually something highly appreciated by users. members of the global Linux IT Community. And of course, because of that, we usually dedicate many articles (informative and practical) to this area, that is, to the GNU/Linux customization.

And since, heTerminals (Consoles) in Linux are often used a lot for both work and fun. (for the days of showing and sharing our desktop with others in the community), the use of prompts and fetches in these for greater and better use is usually something very common and necessary. For this reason, and seeing that, recently, the CLI utility for managing customizing the Fetch of the Terminals called Neofetch has stopped its development, today we will take the opportunity to explore one that has sounded quite like an ideal replacement. And your name is «Fastfetch ».

neofetch 1

But, before starting with this useful publication for those who are passionate about customizing Linux Terminals and more specifically, about eThe “Fastfetch” CLI utility, we recommend you explore a previous related post with this same series of publications, at the end of it:

neofetch is a CLI system information tool written in BASH. Neofetch displays information about your system along with an image, your operating system logo, or any ASCII file of your choice. The main purpose of Neofetch is to use it in screenshots to show other users what system and version you are running, what theme and Icons you are using, etc. Neofetch is highly customizable by using flags on the command line or user configuration file.

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Neofetch: get information about your equipment and system in the terminal

Fastfetch: An ideal and modern replacement for Neofetch

Fastfetch: An ideal and modern replacement for Neofetch

What is a Fetch?

Before we start talking about “Fastfetch” as an ideal replacement for “Neofetch”, and thinking of those less aware of this topic, it is worth clarifying directly, briefly and simply what a «Fecth» program or application in Linux Terminals.

Consequently, these programs can be described as follows:

A Fetch program is one whose purpose or objective is to display on the terminal screens a small informative summary about the current technical characteristics of the computer and the operating system where it runs. Therefore, it is usually widely used to be programmed when the terminals (consoles) of the different operating systems are executed, in such a way as to immediately know what is most essential and vital to have a quick diagnosis of where we are going to work. In addition, they are usually very customizable, allowing images or logos to be displayed (mostly in ASCII format or art) and icons to represent specific information related to a specific element. Finally, the way the information is presented on the screen is usually very easy to customize, thanks to its robust configuration files that are often very user-friendly as they are built in plain text.

What is Fastfetch?

What is Fastfetch?

According to official website on GitHub by “Fastfetch”, it is briefly described as follows:

Fastfetch is a tool similar to neofetch to retrieve system information and display it in a nice and much faster way. It is primarily written in C, keeping in mind better performance and a higher level of customization. Currently, they are supported on operating systems based on Linux, Android, FreeBSD, MacOS and Windows 7+.

How to install and run on Distros based on Debian, Ubuntu and derivatives?

In those Distributions where it is already available in their repositories, it would only be enough to have said program installed, to execute the corresponding command order in the Terminal:

$ sudo apt install fastfetch                - #Para Debian, Ubuntu o Pop!_OS.
$ sudo dnf install fastfetch                 - #Para RHEL, Fedora, or Alma Linux.
$ yay -S fastfetch-git                       - #Para Arch, Manjaro, or EndeavourOS.
$ sudo zypper install fastfetch              - #Para OpenSUSE.
$ sudo emerge --ask app-misc/fastfetch       - #Para Gentoo.
$ brew install fastfetch                     - #Para macOS.
$ pkg install fastfetch                      - #Para FreeBSD.
$ scoop install fastfetch                    - #Para Windows

However, in my personal case, that is, to test it over my usual Respin MX Linux MilagrOS 4.0 – Essence, I installed it by downloading the latest stable version available (version 2.13.1 from May 21, 2024) in the form of a .deb package. Which I then installed and ran in the usual way through Terminal.

As I show in the following screenshots:

Fastfetch: Installing .deb package

Fastfetch vs Neofetch

Custom Neofetch

Default fastfetch

And soon, in a future tutorial, we will teach you the most useful tips to know about Fastfetch to master the essentials of its configuration for better customization.

Top 10 alternatives to Neofetch

  1. afetch: Explore GitHub.
  2. Archey: Explore GitHub.
  3. fastfetch: Explore GitHub.
  4. Machine: Explore GitHub.
  5. nerdfetch: Explore Codeberg.
  6. pfetch: Explore GitHub.
  7. screen fetch: Explore GitHub.
  8. sysfetch: Explore GitHub.
  9. ufetch: Explore GitHub.
  10. Winfetch: Explore GitHub (For Windows).
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In short, we hope that this simple and practical tutorial on such a great alternative to the Neofetch program called «Fastfetch» you liked it and it was useful, informative and technically. And also, that it allows you, with the promptness that is necessary, the start trying it and using it on your different GNU/Linux Distros possessed Above all, in those days of celebration of showing personalized Desktops in Community. And if you are one of those who uses another CLI utility to manage your Terminal Fetch, we invite you to mention it via comments, for the knowledge and benefit of our entire passionate Linuxverse Community (Free Software, Open Source and GNU/Linux) .

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