Pill is a FreeBSD console screensaver implementing falling green letters. Like in the Matrix movie. Yes, yet another one.
You can grab the latest sources from pill's mercurial repository like this:
hg clone http://hg.tx97.net/pill
Since pill is a kernel module you need a FreeBSD machine with kernel sources installed. To see if you have them, look at
/usr/src/sys. If you don't, run
sysinstall and install
src/sys component. For other ways of obtaining kernel sources see the FreeBSD Handbook.
After you made sure you have kernel sources, install pill by running this under root account from the directory with pill's sources:
This will build the kernel module and copy it to
/boot/kernel. Don't forget to reinstall this module if you reinstall the kernel.
After you installed the module, you can load it via
If you like how it works, set it to be loaded after reboot by adding this line to
If you don't like it, uninstall pill by removing it from
If you only want to test how it works without installing the module, you can build and load it in place like this:
After you're done, unload it via:
Install it, load it, set the screensaver timeout via
vidcontrol -t <time in seconds>
Or by adding this to
blanktime="<time in seconds>"
You can check out
cmatrix  and
termatrix  for console software that imitates the same effect (both are available via ports). For FreeBSD screensavers check out
matrix_saver  or screensaver from .