unix / linux MOTD

There is a set of files and a distro that changes the MOTD file at random on startup, for the life of me I can not remember what it is called, any ideas?

Well, if by distro you mean package, it sounds kinda like fortune. Mine doesn’t have a motd option, so you might have to put something in your rc.local or equivalent file. Or perhaps something different in cron, as startup isn’t a frequent thing in unix.

nanoda@tenchi:/$ /usr/games/fortune
Q: How many lawyers does it take to change a light bulb?
A: One. Only it’s his light bulb when he’s done.

Tee hee!

I’m with Nanoda, you probably mean ‘fortune’. It won’t change your motd, it only adds a random quote to it.