What is terminal? How do I "open a terminal?"
A "terminal" is a way of typing commands to the computer. That may sound very strange, but it's actually really, really nice and easy once you get used to it. You can use Fedora as a totally graphical system, or you can use it totally with the terminal. I like to do both; I use whichever one is easier for the task I'm doing. You can either open a terminal inside of your graphical environment, or you can switch your whole screen to a terminal.
Applicable to Fedora Versions
- Fedora Core 5+
Assumes user is using a standard Fedora Core desktop installation
Doing the work
To open a terminal in a graphical environment:
- From the Main Menu bar select "Applications>Sytem Tools>Terminal"
How to test
Common problems and fixes
To switch your entire screen to a terminal, press Ctrl-Alt-F1. You can then switch between six
different terminals, by using Alt-F1 through Alt-F6. Pressing Alt-F7 will bring you back to your graphical environment.