For example. What is the difference between a default 'interface/console' of FreeBSD/archlinux, vs Terminal, vs Terminal emulator like Xterm, vs Terminal multiplexer like tmux, vs Window manager like awesome; and where does Bash and other 'shells' fit in all this?


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A terminal emulator provides a standardised character based interface for text mode applications, it emulates the behavior of real or idealised hardware.

Consoles typically run some sort of terminal emulation, (linux console emulates a VT220 with some additions)

A terminal was dedicated hardware that implements the standard and iwas connected to ther server via a serial connection either directly or via a concentrator. The term is often used to include terminal emulators, it can also include GUI terminals that use X or RDP instead of being text based.

A terminal multiplexer emulates several terminals and mixes their output and directs input in a way that is useful to the user.

Xterm is a terminal emulator the runs under a GUI (X). a window manager can be used to resize and relocate the terminal windows that xterm uses. xterm also has a graphical capability where it emulates a graphical terminal, but there aren't many applications that can exploit this, i know of only two gnuplot and dosemu) most other GUI based terminal emulators dsiplay text only.

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