9 of the Best Free Linux Terminal Emulators
A terminal emulator is computer software which emulates a dumb
video terminal within some other display architecture.
The terminal window allows the user to access a console
and all its applications such as command line interfaces (CLI) and text
user interface software. Even with the sophistication of modern desktop
environments packed with administrative tools, other utilities, and
productivity software all sporting attractive graphical user
interfaces, it remains the case that some tasks are still best
undertaken with the command line.
Modern desktop environments come supplied with a number of
terminal emulators already installed. In the case of GNOME,
KDE, and XFCE (three popular desktop environments), the user is offered
GNOME Terminal, Konsole, and Terminal respectively as the default
terminal emulator. However, this does not necessarily mean that the
pre-selected terminal emulator is best suited for your own specific
requirements or your hardware.
There is a large number of terminal emulators to
choose from, some offering a huge range of features, others aiming to
be frugal with system resources. To provide an insight into the quality
of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 9 excellent
Linux terminal emulators. Hopefully, there will be something of
interest for anyone interested in exploiting the power of the shell.
Now, let's explore the 9 terminal emulators at hand.
For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description
with an in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot of the software
in action, together with links to relevant resources and reviews.
for the GNOME desktop environment
GNOME terminals in one window
||RXVT-like terminal emulator with Unicode support
||GTK+ 2.0 terminal emulator with tabs
terminal emulator based on GTK+ for the LXDE desktop
||Provides DEC VT102 and Tektronix 4014 compatible
KDE 4 terminal emulator
||Drop-down terminal emulator based on KDE Konsole
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Last Updated Thursday, December 11 2014 @ 02:12 PM EST