Linux Commands Training Course – Using a Linux Terminal Emulation Window Vs A Virtual Terminal


Running Linux System Administration Commands At A Linux "Terminal Emulation Window" as Opposed to a Linux "Terminal"

You can run commands at the command line prompt in either: 1. a "terminal emulation window" or 2. a "virtual terminal".

Running Commands In A "Terminal Emulation Window"

To run Linux commands "from the desktop" by going to the command line prompt, you open a Linux "terminal emulation window" – that works the same way as any window that you would commonly see in Windows.

A "terminal emulation window" (aka "terminal window") appears on the desktop and you can still see part of the desktop in the background. It looks like an "un-maximized" program window in Windows.

Opening A Linux "Terminal Window" On A Linux Desktop

To open a "terminal emulation window" on a Linux desktop so you can run commands, you use one of these three methods:

  1. search all of the menus and select "terminal" or similar
  2. click on a computer screen icon on the desktop – usually in the bottom "panel"
  3. right-click on the desktop and select "terminal window" (or similar)

Linux Commands Training Tips: You can have multiple terminal emulation windows open on the desktop, run different commands in each window, easily switch between them, and copy and paste commands between them.

To close a "terminal emulation window" (that is open on the desktop) you just click on the "X" in the top right corner – in the same way as you close a window in Windows.

The Linux commands and concepts covered here apply to: Red Hat, Debian, Fedora, Ubuntu, SUSE, Slackware, openSUSE – and ALL other Linux distributions.


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