Linux distro and questions

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Sat Jan 6 21:35:34 UTC 2018

While details often differ from distro-to-distro, and sometimes quite
drastically eveen between closely related distros, I'm pretty sure
nearly every major distro defaults to a text-only, command-line
interface in the absence of a working GUI environment, and that being
able to use alt+Fx to switch between multiple command-line sessions is
a common feature.

Colloquially, the terms command-line, terminal, and console seem to be
used interchangeably both for running Linux in pure text-mode or for
opening a terminal window/terminal emulator within a GUI environment.
The term Desktop, however, is generally used exclusively for running
in graphical mode, and often only in the context of running a full
Desktop Environment.

As far as I know, the various terminals/consoles are named tty1, tty2,
tty3, etc. and systems configured to automatically bring up a Desktop
Environment typically use tty1 to launch the GUI, though you can
launch the GUI from any terminal.


Jeffery Wright
President Emeritus, Nu Nu Chapter, Phi Theta Kappa.
Former Secretary, Student Government Association, College of the Albemarle.

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