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Linux Command Tutorials – Opening a Linux Terminal – Console to Run Linux Commands – Tutorial Help

To run  Linux  commands, you need to get to the  Linux  command line prompt.

To get to the  Linux  command line prompt from a  Linux  desktop, you open a terminal emulation window.

 Linux  Tips: You can also go to a virtual terminal and run  Linux  commands. But when you are a new  Linux  user, a terminal emulation window is easier to work with.

 Linux  Terminal Emulation Windows

When you open a terminal emulation window, you get a “window” on the desktop. A terminal emulation window can be moved around on the desktop and resized to be made larger or smaller. And you can even have multiple terminal emulation windows open at the same time!

This window shows the  Linux  command line prompt, at which you can run  Linux  commands (by typing in commands and pressing Enter). After running a  Linux  command, this window also shows the output of the command (very important).

 Linux  Tips:  Linux  commands are the best way to do  Linux  system administration. Running  Linux  commands gives you lots of practical, hands-on  Linux  training.

Methods of Opening a  Linux  Terminal Emulation Window (a.k.a. Terminal or Console)

There are over 130  Linux  distributions (versions)!

The method of opening a terminal emulation window on your  Linux  desktop is dependent on the  Linux  distribution (version) you are using and the  Linux  desktop you are using. Two popular  Linux  desktops are the GNOME desktop and the KDE desktop.

To open a terminal emulation window, boot your  Linux  system to a desktop and then:

  • look for an icon on the desktop that looks like a computer screen and click on it
  • right-click on the desktop and look for a menu item with the words “ Linux  terminal”, “ Linux  console”, or similar
  • search the menus on the desktop for the words “ Linux  terminal”, “ Linux  console”, or similar, and select the menu item

 Linux  Concepts and Terms:

A terminal emulation window is also referred to as a “ Linux  terminal” or “ Linux  console”.

 Linux  commands are sometimes referred to as “ Linux  terminal commands” and “ Linux  console commands”.

The  Linux  command line prompt is sometimes referred to as the CLI for “command line interface”.

Once you have a terminal emulation window open, you will see a  Linux  command line prompt, which looks similar to this ]$ and the prompt may look different on your system.

For example, the prompt may look like this ]# or something else similar.

 Linux  Tips: In our  Linux  command examples, we are using ]$ to represent the prompt. You don’t type in the prompt, you type in the command at the right of the prompt and then press the Enter key to run the command.

Examples of Opening a Terminal Emulation Window in Several Popular  Linux  Distributions

Ubuntu  Linux  / Red Hat  Linux  / Fedora  Linux  with the GNOME desktop:

select the Applications Menu ; select Accessories ; select Terminal.

Debian  Linux  with the GNOME desktop: right-click on the desktop and select Terminal.

SUSE  Linux  with the KDE desktop: click on the “Konsole” icon on the desktop (that looks like a computer screen).

What would it be like if you could watch a clearly narrated  Linux  video tutorial showing several methods of opening a  Linux  “terminal” / “console” and working at the  Linux  command line, in several  Linux  distributions.

To actually see the steps being done and have them clearly described to you in a very pleasant and sometimes even humorous manner.

How useful would it be if you could pause the  Linux  video and then easily try these methods yourself – well, now you can!


Source by Clyde E. Boom

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