Linux Shell & Terminal
Linux is designed to be administered from a shell (an interactive prompt). A shell is displayed to the user using a TTY (non-graphical), or a terminal-emulator(window with prompt).
Your shell is the language your command-prompt uses to interpret commands. There are plenty of options bash, zsh, ksh, csh, sh ... etc.
set user shell
User information, along with their shell of choice is recorded in
You can change your shell using
chsh. If you do not want a user to be allowed to login, you can use the special
/sbin/nologinshell which is used by system users and allows commands to be run, but prohibits users from logging in.
Terminals are windows used within graphical environments to present a console to a user. Terminal configuration varies widely between terminals.
Most distrobutions will have xterm, I also like suckless-st which is simple and can be compiled nearly anywhere.
You may also want to modify the repeat key frequency.## ~/.xprofile # keyboard repeat rate: delay 200 milisecond, 80 per sec xset r rate 200 80
Before you start an Xorg server, when text is loading full screen that is a TTY.
You generally have about 7 TTYs, you can switch between them using
Ctrl + Alt + F1-9. It's useful to fall back on this if you are having issues with your video drivers, or your Xorg server.
For more details see tty