This script is my version of the classic `banner` program.
I like to have a nice big banner display the machine name when I login. I use the following script to create a banner that I put in /etc/motd.
This script can also create text icons and labels for X-Windows. Using the -x option will tell the script to output in xpm format. Put the output in a file in /usr/share/pixmaps/ and you can use the icon anywhere in X-Windows.
I put this in my ~/bin directory. This is part of my standard Dotfiles distribution.
<include svncat src="file:///home/svn/src/dotfiles/bin/banner" highlight="python" />