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5 Highly Promising Terminal Emulators
The terminal emulator is a venerable but essential tool for computer users. The reason why Linux offers so much power is due to the command line. The Linux shell can do so much, and this power can be accessed on the desktop by using a terminal emulator. There are so many available for Linux that the choice is bewildering.

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  • FAI
    FAI is a non-interactive system to install, customize and manage Linux systems and software configurations on computers as well as virtual machines and chroot environments, from small networks to large-scale infrastructures and clusters. Read more hot
  • A-A-P
    A-A-P makes it easy to locate, download, build and install software. It also supports browsing source code, developing programs, managing different versions and distribution of software and documentation.
  • Ailurus
    Ailurus is cross-Linux-distribution GPL software. It is a simple application installer and GNOME tweaker, which aims at making GNOME easier to use.
  • App Grid
    App Grid lets you discover and install apps for your computer.
  • aproc
    aproc displays some information about all pcm devices of a soundcard from the alsa proc tree on console.
  • Aptik
    Aptik is a command line utility to simplify re-installation of software packages after upgrading and re-installing the Linux distribution.
  • APTonCD
    APT removable repository creator and package backup tool for Debian based systems. This tool will allow you to create a media (CD or DVD) to use to install software via APT in a non-connected machine, as well upgrade and install the same set of softwares in several machines with no need to re-download the packages again.
  • aptsamever
    aptsamever is a Debian APT cache maintance tool. It lists or removes old duplicate versions of packages installed by apt-get.
  • Beyond LinuxFromScratch
    a project with the aim of assisting users from where LFS left off. It endeavours to assist users to develop their systems in line with their needs by providing a broad range of instructions for installing and configuring various packages on top of a base LFS system
  • Bootset
    creates a boot diskette set according to a text file that lists the diskette image files you wish to copy. You may use it to create Linux boot diskettes from Windows
  • Calamares
    Calamares is an installer framework. By design it is very customizable, in order to satisfy a wide variety of needs and use cases. Calamares aims to be easy, usable, beautiful, pragmatic, inclusive and distribution-agnostic.
  • Cinch
    Cinch is a general purpose, simple to use and maintain Linux installer. It was written because there are presently no distribution neutral lightweight Linux installers. It utilizes a small ram-disk image that walks the user through a series of steps to first install a core file system, then do a basic configuration. It has been developed exclusively for cAos, but it is open source, so other distributions can take advantage of this innovation. It is lightweight, and easy to maintain and use.
  • Clonezilla-SysRescCD
    Clonezilla-SysRescCD is a Linux multi boot backup/restore and rescue CD, combining "Clonezilla Live" and "SystemRescueCD" in one CD. Clonezilla-SysRescCD provides both a CD ISO and a tar archive of the source code to create and customize it yourself.
  • Cobbler
    Cobbler is a provisioning configuration tool that enables administrators to rapidly set up environments for (simultaneously) provisioning PXE, installing Xen, and re-provisioning existing machines. Set up of a PXE server, once a very manual process, is now greatly simplified. Cobbler also enables integrating Xen into a PXE provisioning infrastructure. Read more
  • Current
    a server implementation for Red Hat's up2date tools. It's designed for medium-sized departments to be able to set up and run their own up2date server, feeding new applications and security patches (RPMs) to workstations and servers
  • debian-builder
    Debian-builder is a Perl script that can be used to rebuild any Debian package from source. It correctly handles downloading any required dependencies and cleans up after itself.
  • debtailor
    debtailor tries to configure and maintain a debian live distro using only debian tools (debian-live, git-buildpackage and/or mini-buildd), git, config-packages (packages that configures other debian packages) and to release the code in a distributed and decentralized way using a script (ikisync) with ikiwiki.
  • Distroshare Ubuntu Imager
    Distroshare Ubuntu Imager creates an installable Live ISO from an installed Ubuntu or derivative distribution.
    DPHYS is aimed at creating an installer for (re-)installing many Debian Linux systems with Debian 3.1 (sarge) without having to baby-sit the interactive installer for an hours time for each machine.
  • Evo/Lution
    The Evo/Lution Linux Project (formerley Fu-rch) is an Arch based OS that cannot be installed. It is simply a platform to run the the Evo/Lution installer.
  • FixInst
    FixInst is a little installer for installing software e.g. games. It is written in C++ with GTK2 and works also as a console program.
  • Free, Open-source Ghost
    Free, Open-source Ghost (FOG) is a computer imaging suite that is designed to be a free alternative to Ghost or Zenworks. It can be used to image Windows XP and Vista PCs using PXE, DHCP, PartImage, and a Web GUI to tie it all together.
  • GNOME System Tools
    GNOME System Tools is a fully integrated set of tools aimed to make easy the job that means the computer administration on an UNIX or Linux system. They're thought to help from the new Linux or UNIX user to the system administrators. The GNOME System Tools are free software, licensed under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
  • gnome-linuxconf
    gnome-linuxconf is a GTK based graphical frontend to Linuxconf. It supports most of the features Linuxconf offers, and is being actively developed to support all of them.
  • GNU Source Installer
    GNU Source Installer is a complete source package management tool that automates configuration, installation, tracking, and removal of source packages which follow the GNU coding standards.
  • GNU Stow
    a program for managing the installation of software packages, keeping them separate (/usr/local/stow/emacs vs. /usr/local/stow/perl, for example) whilemaking them appear to be installed in the same place (/usr/local)
  • gslapt
    A GTK version of slapt-get.
  • guess_install
    a small Perl script which looks at the files in the current directory, and automatically installs them in the correct locations (bin/, share/man/, and share/doc/)
  • gui-apt-key
    This package provides a graphical frontend to the apt-key program which is used to maintain digital keys for the Debian archive since etch. It is meant as a utility to help administrators not used to GnuPG and digital signatures.
  • guinstaller
    to simplify the process of installing Linux source code. All you need to do is to download the gzipped program that you wish to install and then run guinstaller and open the file. After some configuration (Where to put the files, etc.) the program is compiled and installed
  • GWARE Project
    The GWARE project is a small team of 3rd party Slackware developers focused on creating a robust, unintrusive GNOME package for Slackware Linux. The default GNOME installation on Slackware was incomplete, and has now been dropped completely. The GWARE project formed to ensure Slackware users who wanted GNOME that it would remain available, up-to-date, and include important capabilities left out of the official installation (such as support for CUPS printing). It is a priority to integrate with an existing installation seamlessly. If an official package is replaced, it's because GNOME requires it. Such replacements (upgrades) should always be inconsequential.
  • Ignition
    Ignition is a new machine provisioning utility designed to solve the same problems as coreos-cloudinit while adding a host of new capabilities with clearer semantics. At the the most basic level, Ignition is a tool for manipulating disks during early boot. This includes partitioning disks, formatting partitions, writing files, and configuring users.
  • innoextract
    innoextract is a tool that allows you to extract the contents of Inno Setup installers on non-Windows systems
  • Installation Utility
    keeps track of software installed from sources, so you can uninstall, update, or simply view what packages you have installed, quickly and easily
  • JumpBox vTiger CRM
    JumpBox vTiger CRM is a JumpBox virtual appliance with a pre-configured installation of the vTiger CRM system. The appliance has a browser-based administration console for the initial hostname config, and can consume updates to the entire OS, database, and application stack.
  • Kaizen
    Kaizen is a framework for managing the development and deployment of customized Linux-based installations. It simplifies the process of integrating the many different software programs and libraries that comprise a functioning operating system. Its main component is RPMDE, the RPM Development Environment, which provides a Web interface to an automatic build daemon which supports multiple build servers.
  • Karoshi
    Karoshi is a point and click server setup for secondary schools running Mandrake Linux 10 on the servers and Windows 2000/XP on the clients. It aims to allow a user who is not a Linux expert to get a server up and running in under an hour with minimal Linux knowledge.
  • Konstruct
    Konstruct is a build system which helps you to install KDE releases and applications on your system. It downloads defined source tarballs, checks their integrity, decompresses, patches, configures, builds and installs them. A complete KDE installation should be as easy as "cd meta/kde;make install".
  • Linux Live
    a set of bash scripts which allows you to create own LiveCD from every Linux distribution. Just install your favourite distro, remove all unnecessary files (for example man pages and all other files which are not important for you) and then download and run these scripts
  • ln_local
    a simple shell script for managing the installation of software packages (typically in /usr/local). It's a program between stow and lndir/cleanlinks
  • Luau
    provides basic autoupdate functionality to software projects on a decentralized basis, allowing not only software updates to propagate quickly through ones user base but also messages and configuration updates. It can also be used as a software repository to retrieve software packages both new and old
  • makepack
    Makepack is a Makefile which together with a settings file and some simple rule files are able to download, compile and install software for your Slackware installation. As the installation is done using checkinstall a Slackware package is also created at the same time. The big strenght of makepack is that it has mechanisms to keep track of dependencies when downloading and installing software.
  • Minimal Desktop for Ubuntu
    Minimal Desktop for Ubuntu is a shell script designed to be run following the installation of the Ubuntu command-line system available on the Alternate and Netboot install CDs.
  • MoviXMaker-2
    MoviXMaker-2 is a simple GUI or command line utility which purpose is to create customized bootable disk images of eMoviX, MoviX or MoviX².
  • Nixstaller
    With 'nixstaller' you can easily make installers for Unix-like systems. Some of the project goals: support for many different platforms, support for different (optional) frontends used by the installer (currently FLTK, ncurses, GTK 2, and Qt are planned), ease of use for the install creator and the end user, different ways of installing (extract files to a location, compile software on the user's system, and maybe even integration for the package manager running on the user's system).
  • NRH-up2date
    NRH-up2date is a collection of utilities and instructions to use RedHat's up2date client without using/needing the RedHat network.
  • nstow
    nstow is a reimplementation of Bob Glickstein's stow package management Perl script in C.
  • NVIDIA Dock
    NVIDIA Dock is a tray icon for easy management of the settings for NVIDIA video cards. Double clicking opens the nvidia-settings control panel installed by the official NVIDIA drivers. It will also display the card GPU temperature in a tool tip and on the menu if the video card supports it.
  • open PC server integration
    opsi (open PC server integration) is a software management and deployment system. It consists of an automatic software deployment system for Windows based PCs, a Linux based depot server which holds the software packages and configuration information, and automatic OS installation.
  • Oz
    Oz is a set of programs and classes to do automated installations of operating systems. It is useful for creating virtual machine disk images containing an operating systems and, optionally, programs.
  • paco
    pacKAGE oRGANIZER: a simple, yet powerful tool to aid package management when installing programs from source code
  • paella
    an installation/configuration management system centered on being able to easily define, configure, maintain and update systems and networks
  • PICA
    Perl Installation and Configuration Agent: designed to assist administrators manage their servers. It features file installation (with conditionals both in target machines and in the content itself), diff, removing, and PIFIA, the PICA Framework for Intelligent Alarms
  • pkgusage
    lists all packages you have installed on your system with a number telling you how many days ago you last accessed any of the files in the package
  • PostInstallerF
    PostInstallerF will install all the software that Fedora doesn't include by default, after running Fedora for the first time. It's easy for a new user. PostInstallerF contains everything that you need for your daily computing.
  • Pulp
    Pulp is a platform for managing repositories of content, such as software packages, and pushing that content out to large numbers of consumers.
  • QTParted
    a Partition Magic clone. It uses libparted for raw disk access, so you need parted installed to use it. The goal of QTParted is to fully wrap all function of parted and create a user friendly PM clone for Linux
  • rpmdep
    rpmdep makes it easier to install a package from a set of provided RPMs.
  • Ruby Update
    a simple script written in the Ruby programming language. Its purpose is to help keep up with new software releases for those of us who install by source
  • SALI
    SALI (Sara Automatic Linux Installer) is a tool that allows you to install Linux on multiple machines at once. It supports installation via BitTorrent. SALI originates from SystemImager and still uses the same philosophy.
  • scsiadd
    lets you add and remove scsi devices from the Linux scsi subsystem on the fly
  • Sencap
    a simple ENCAP software manager. Encapping is a method of installing software from source tarballs into private trees (bin, lib, man, share) and symlinking them to the system tree (e.g. /usr/local)
  • sinstall
    an easy-to-use Perl script to install source packages. It can be used to extract, build, install, and uninstall source packages, and to save time when compiling multiple packages. It can also install cvs source packages and apply diff patches
  • SlackPkg
    a tool for installing or upgrading packages through network. You can make a minimal installation of Slackware Linux and after that install additional stuff from a Slackware mirror
  • slackrep
    slackrep is a handy reporting tool for the Slackware Linux distribution. It generates reports about the status of your packages. You can, for example, check what patches are pending to install or check the integrity of your installed packages.
  • srcpkg
    a small utility for managing installation/removal of source packages. it was inspired by GNU Stow, Depot, etc., but is designed to work around the limitations of other source package managers, specifically, their inability to handle large complex interdependent packages, such as Gnome and KDE
  • Stacki
    Stacki (short for ?Stack Installer?). Stacki is a server provisioning tool. There are zero prerequisites for taking systems from bare metal to a ping and a prompt.
  • Stacklet
    Stacklet is a program for creating disk images for popular Linux distributions such as Fedora and Gentoo.
  • syncopt
    syncopt is a simple utility for keeping various 3rd party application packages installed on multiple machines.
  • Thirdphase
    Thirdphase automatically downloads, installs, backs up, and runs any software downloadable from a static URL, with other user-provided variables.
  • Tresys Brickwall
    Tresys Brickwall is a system utility for configuring SELinux. A simple point-and-click GUI builds custom configurations for many popular network-facing services like Apache, Postfix, and sshd. Access to network resources for each service can be easily customized, and additional services can be added with no knowledge of SELinux. Three editions are available: Standard (free for RHEL 4 & 5), Professional (free for Fedora, per-seat license for RHEL), and Enterprise (allows network management of multiple groups of machines, per-seat license for RHEL).
  • Tunir
    Tunir is a simple CI system to test software projects using the Cloud images or bare metal systems.. The goal is to have a system which is simple to setup, and easy to maintain.
  • Ubuntu After Install
    This program installs a collection of some of the best Ubuntu software and can be considered to be one of the top things to do after installing Ubuntu.
  • uninst
    a tool for creating uninstall scripts. It scans file system (or its part) before and after installation of some new software and automatically creates uninstall script from differences of these file lists
  • Unusedpkg
    Unusedpkg is a diagnostic tool to search oldest unused packages in your Linux system, sorting and listing how packages has been idles. This helps you determine what packages can be manually removed to clean the system.
  • Upgrade-oldest
    selectively upgrades Debian system, upgrading packages with oldest most significant version numbers
  • uranos
    uranos is a system to support unattended installation of several varieties of Linux (kickstart, preseed, autoyast) and Windows (W2k, XP, W2k3, Vista, 7, W2k8).
  • XPloy
    (commercial) sets a new standard for Linux server administration.Its GUI makes Linux much easier to use, and at the same timegiving the system administrators full control over the servers
  • XStow
    a replacement of GNU Stow written in C++. It supports all features of Stow with some extensions
  • xterminals toolkit
    is a kit to install diskless X terminals using Linux. All terminal configuration is stored on the server
  • YUMI
    YUMI (Your Universal Multiboot Integrator), is the successor to our MultibootISOs. It can be used to create a Multiboot USB Flash Drive containing multiple operating systems, antivirus utilities, disc cloning, diagnostic tools, and more.
  • Zero Install
    makes software installation not merely easy, but unnecessary. Users run their applications directly from the Internet from the software author's pages

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