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xterm, aterm, gterm, mrxvt, konsole, or just your console without a GUI.
Whatever it is that you are using.
I would suggest that you stop and do a little *nix reading. It'll save you some frustration.
Once you become familiar with the unix-linux shell, which usually have c, perl, and maybe python interpreters built in, unlike the windows command prompt which is nothing but a black window that you can type in.
You can control any *.nix box. You'll also be able to go from distro to distro without problem. You'll also understand what the GUI apps are doing.