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The Best Terminal Emulators for Linux

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If you’re a fan of Linux, you know the exact reason why it’s awesome – the command line. Though many outsiders view it as only a “hacker tool,” it’s actually one of the best tools available for any operating system. The Linux shell has the ability to install software, manage your operating system and basically everything else.

To interact with the command line, you’ll need a terminal emulator. There are many terminal emulators available – perhaps too many. There are a lot of good ones and a lot of bad ones out there. It is because of this reason we’ve decided to create a list of five great terminal emulators available on Linux.

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Hackable Roomba integrates Raspberry Pi

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iRobot’s hackable $200 “Create 2″ version of its Roomba robot for STEM education can be programmed with a laptop, or via an onboard Arduino or Raspberry Pi.

iRobot’s Roomba was the first — and still one of the few — major successes in consumer robots. Unlike more advanced iRobot designs, such as the Linux-based Ava 500 telepresence robot, the modest, vacuuming Roomba runs on a simple Motorola HC12 microcontroller. Now, iRobot has released a $200, non-vacuuming hacker version of the Roomba 600 called the Create 2 designed for K12 and college-level STEM education.

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Many Sound Updates Queued For Linux 3.19 Kernel

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Takashi Iwai classifies the sound updates for Linux 3.19 as a fairly large pull request. There's ASoC improvements, new USB audio support improvements, a new OXFW Firewire audio driver for the FW970/971 chipset, support for new Intel x86 SoCs, and various other changes. The new Intel SoC support work is for some Cherry Trail and Braswell hardware.

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EXT4 In Linux 3.19 Brings Lots Of Bug Fixes

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Ted Ts'o has sent in the EXT4 file-system changes for the Linux 3.19 kernel merge window.

EXT4 changes for Linux 3.19 include "lots of bug fixes", including changes that should improve CPU utilization and potential soft lock-ups when under heavy memory pressure. There's also a random assortment of other changes with just around 500 lines of EXT4 file-system code being touched by 26 changes for this merge window.

The pull request for this mature and widely-used Linux file-system can be found via the Indiana LKML archives.

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Linux Foundation IoT standardisation effort AllSeen Alliance grows to more than 100 companies

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For those wo are not following IoT news all the time: you may have lost the foundation of this interesting alliance project that aims at fostering interoperability of IoT.

This project is led and started by Linux Foundation and this is a great guarantee of openness and real community driven innovation. We all look forward to see where AllSeen will lead!

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Create a live system ISO for your Ubuntu-based Linux machines using Systemback

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HowTos

You have that Linux desktop or server precisely how you want it and are interested in either creating a spot-on backup or a live ISO that you can then install on other (similar) hardware. How do you do it? You could go through the process of learning a number of commands to take care of the process, or you could install and use a handy tool called Systemback.

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VirtIO & Xen Changes For Linux 3.19 Kernel

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The VirtIO changes for Linux 3.19 include infrastructure changes for providing VirtIO 1.0 support. There's also bug-fixes and other improvements with the VirtIO code for Linux 3.19. The VirtIO changes for Linux 3.19 can be found via this pull request.

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Manjaro 0.8.11 Gets Its First Upgrade Pack, Manjaro 0.9.0 Already Being Worked On

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The Manjaro 0.8.11 Linux distribution based on Arch Linux, which is also 100% compatible with the repositories of the base system, has received its first updated pack and it looks like it's a big one.

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Users Want Windows 10 Features That Are Already Available in Linux Systems

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Microsoft

Windows 10 brought some new features for its fans, but it's still under development. Its users already have a list of features they would like implemented, but it's funny to see how most of those features are already present in Linux installations.

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Linux Turla Malware Infection? Not Going to Happen.

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Security

This code simply isn't in any Linux repository.

That means one must intentionally deviate and go outside of the keyring-protected repo of applications 'into the wild' to obtain this rogue software.

By definition, a trojan, requires one to install the application and then explicitly run it to have its 'payload' execute.

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