You can "open" a Linux "terminal emulation window" on a desktop that displays the command line prompt – so you can run commands to do Linux System Administration tasks.
Alternately, you can do some steps to go to Linux "terminal" to run Linux commands.
However, there are several benefits of "opening" a Linux "terminal emulation window", instead of going to a Linux "terminal".
Here are six benefits of "opening" a Linux "terminal emulation window" rather than using a Linux "terminal":
1. You can have multiple "terminal emulation windows" open on the Linux desktop at the same time.
This allows you to run Linux commands and do work on one System Administration task in one window – and do other tasks in other windows.
Linux Commands Training Tips: On the Linux desktop, to switch from one window (of any kind) to another window, hold down the Alt key and press the Tab key until the window you want is selected and then let go of both keys!
2. You can scroll up and down in a Linux "terminal emulation windows" to see previously run Linux commands and the output of previously run commands.
This shows you what you did earlier and lets you see the results (output) of your earlier commands.
3. You can move a "terminal emulation window" to a different location on the Linux desktop if you need to see other information.
4. You can maximize a Linux "terminal emulation window" to fill the whole screen so that you can see more information at once (previous commands and output).
5. You can minimize a "terminal emulation window" so that it does not appear on the main area of the desktop, so that you can see more information on the desktop.
6. You can copy and paste the some or all of the contents of one window into another, such as copying a long command from one window to another.
Terminal emulation windows are great. You can open one more than one window at a time, copy and paste between these windows, easily switch between these windows, scroll up to see previously run commands, and lots of other neat stuff!