5 Best Free Linux Terminal Multiplexers
The nuts and bolts of Linux seem destined to be increasingly
hidden away from the desktop user. The continuing development of
popular desktop environments offering attractive interfaces and fancy
features shows no sign of abatement. We note that one of the most
popular Linux distributions, Ubuntu, is even going to replace its
application menus with a "head-up display" (HUD) box. However intuitive
and slick the HUD will be implemented, and how advanced, in general,
desktop environments become, there is little prospect that the faithful
terminal will be consigned to the recycle bin in the near future. There
is simply too much power at
the hands of a terminal for many experienced Linux users.
Users that want to exploit the full power of the terminal may
benefit from using a terminal multiplexer. This type of application can
be considered to be a text version of a graphical window manager. It
enables users to run multiple text programs simultaneously, as well as
offering features that allow users to switch seamlessly between
these programs in operation. Terminal multiplexers also allow
multiple computers to make simultaneous connections.
To provide an insight into the quality of software that is
available, we have compiled a list of 5 useful terminal multiplexers.
Hopefully, there will be something here to help improve your
productivty at the console. We have also included an application that
functions as a terminal multiplexer for remote graphical applications.
Now, let's explore the 5 terminal multiplexers. For each title
we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an
in-depth analysis of its features, a screenshot, together with
links to relevant resources and reviews.
||Powerful, text based window manager and shell
multiplexer with VT100/ANSI terminal emulation
||Screen for remote X applications
multiplexer which uses a client-server model
||Offers additional functionality to screen but is at an
early stage of development
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Last Updated Sunday, April 13 2014 @ 09:47 AM EDT