Monday, May 31 2010 @ 03:17 AM EDT Contributed by: sde
A terminal emulator is computer software which emulates a dumb video terminal within some other display architecture.
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.