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What is difference between Terminal & Consoles in Linux????

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Anyone can please guide me, what is difference between Terminal & Consoles in Linux????
Sep 12 '08 #1
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Nepomuk
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Well, what you call Terminal is actually a Terminal emulator, which "is a program that emulates a "dumb" video terminal within some other display architecture" (from wikipedia). A Computer console "is the text entry and display device for system administration messages, particularly those from the BIOS or boot loader, the kernel, from the init system and from the system logger. It is a physical device consisting of a keyboard and a screen" (wikipedia again).

What you may also want to check is the definition of a Shell.

However, quite often all three words are used to describe a terminal window, although that is not quite correct.

Greetings,
Nepomuk
Sep 12 '08 #2

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