What is Terminal?
A "terminal" is a way of sending commands to the computer by using your keyboard. This is often refered to as; terminal, shell, console, command line interface (CLI), and command prompt--among others.
How come I need to run terminal or run commands using the command line interface?
Not all Linux commands or functions use a graphical user interface (GUI)--often times a command or process can be run more quickly using the command line. The command line can seem intimidating at first, however once some basic skills are down it's really no more difficult than the point and click interface. Because the linux platform still uses many things with the command line gaining some basic skills will help your Linux experience be more meaningful. You don't have to be an expert at the command line, however for troubleshooting different aspects of HP Linux Imaging and Printing we will be using the command line.
How to run terminal:
In Gnome (Ubuntu)
The terminal can be found at Applications menu -> Accessories -> Terminal.
In Xfce (Xubuntu)
The terminal can be found at Applications menu -> System -> Terminal.
In KDE (Kubuntu)
The terminal can be found at KMenu -> System -> Terminal Program (Konsole).
For more information on using Terminal in Ubuntu here. https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UsingTheTerminal
To open a terminal in a graphical environment:
1. Open up your menu. This is either the "Red Hat" down in the tray, or a little "foot," or possibly a little penguin. 2. Under System Tools, click on Terminal.
To switch your entire screen to a terminal, press Ctrl-Alt-F1. You can then switch between six different terminals, by using Alt-F1 through Alt-F6. Pressing Alt-F7 will bring you back to your graphical environment.
For more information on using Terminal in Fedora click here. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/DavidFarning/fedorafaqBasics
Other Linux Versions
Other Linux distribution usually have a similar process for running terminal. You may need to check with your specific distribution on how to run terminal.
How to run terminal
What is Terminal?