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A terminal is an environment for text input/output. Inside the terminal, one runs command-line and text mode programs (including shells).

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The answer has more to do with the history of the terms than their actual meaning. In the early days, terminals were hardware devices, like the DEC VT101 I have sitting in my garage. :-) Terminal … emulators came later. I don't know what came first, but now we have a few different kinds of terminal emulators. Ones that dial into a remote system and emulate a terminal (HyperTerminal, minicom …
answered Aug 1 '11 by Steven Pritchard
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Install Cygwin/X and use xterm. (And then you'll probably either want their version of gvim or the Windows native one.)
answered Aug 9 '11 by Steven Pritchard