LinuxQuestions.org
Latest LQ Deal: Linux Power User Bundle
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 09-10-2012, 08:21 PM   #1
punchy71
Member
 
Registered: Dec 2011
Posts: 160

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Please define these acronyms, abbreviations and shorthand terms


I see a lot of acronyms, abbreviations and shorthand bandied about in my newbie question posts and I need some help defining some terms that I am unfamiliar with. Here they are if you can help, please feel free to define, explain and elaborate.

1) What's the difference between a "console" and a "terminal"?
2) What is "Getty" and "virtual terminal"?
3) What is "UXTerm", "XTerm" and "Unicode"?
4) What are the differnces between "LX Terminal", "GNOME-Terminal", "Xfce4-Terminal", and "Konsole"?
5) What is "DPI", "EDID" and "Xorg.conf"?
6) What is "TTY"?
7) What is the difference between "WM", "Tiling Window Manager" and "DE"?
8) What is a "meta-package"?
9) What is "GDM"?
10) What is "tasksel"?
11) Where do I get the so called "Ubuntu mini distro" I keep hearing about?
12) What is the difference between "X", "Xorg" and "X server"?
13) What is "El Torito"?

Thank you

Last edited by punchy71; 09-10-2012 at 09:18 PM.
 
Old 09-10-2012, 09:05 PM   #2
unSpawn
Moderator
 
Registered: May 2001
Posts: 29,332
Blog Entries: 55

Rep: Reputation: 3533Reputation: 3533Reputation: 3533Reputation: 3533Reputation: 3533Reputation: 3533Reputation: 3533Reputation: 3533Reputation: 3533Reputation: 3533Reputation: 3533
Quote:
Originally Posted by punchy71 View Post
What's the difference between a "console" and a "terminal"?
Run 'apropos console; man tty; man pty'.


Quote:
Originally Posted by punchy71 View Post
What is "Getty" and "virtual terminal"?
Run 'apropos getty; man -a *getty' (exit the last command with plain "q" for the next manual page).


Quote:
Originally Posted by punchy71 View Post
What is "UXTerm", "XTerm" and "Unicode"?
Run 'apropos terminal' and pick one, say 'man xterm'.


Quote:
Originally Posted by punchy71 View Post
What are the differnces between "LX Terminal", "GNOME-Terminal", "Xfce4-Terminal", and "Konsole"?
Check their manual pages /usr/share/doc/* info or run them.


Quote:
Originally Posted by punchy71 View Post
What is "DPI", "EDID" and "Xorg.conf"?
Dots Per Inch, Extended Display Identification Data and 'man Xorg; man Xserver'.


Quote:
Originally Posted by punchy71 View Post
What is "TTY"?
See 1st q.


Quote:
Originally Posted by punchy71 View Post
What is the difference between "WM", "Tiling Window Manager" and "DE"?
DE means Desktop Environment. WM means Window Manager. For more on tiling affliction please see Wikipedia.


Quote:
Originally Posted by punchy71 View Post
What is "GDM"?
See 'apropos gdm; man gdm'.


Quote:
Originally Posted by punchy71 View Post
What is "tasksel"?
See 'man tasksel'.


Quote:
Originally Posted by punchy71 View Post
What is the difference between "X", "Xorg" and "X server"?
See q5.


Quote:
Originally Posted by punchy71 View Post
What is "El Torito"?
It's like Judge Dredd's Double Whammy: for when one just doesn't cut it.
(Or see the 'net for CDROM boot standards, 2"88 floppies and such.)
 
Old 09-11-2012, 03:01 AM   #3
David the H.
Bash Guru
 
Registered: Jun 2004
Location: Osaka, Japan
Distribution: Debian sid + kde 3.5 & 4.4
Posts: 6,823

Rep: Reputation: 1958Reputation: 1958Reputation: 1958Reputation: 1958Reputation: 1958Reputation: 1958Reputation: 1958Reputation: 1958Reputation: 1958Reputation: 1958Reputation: 1958
1) http://www.acronymfinder.com/
2) http://en.wikipedia.org/
3) https://www.google.com
4) man "word"/info "word"
5) apropos "word"

Seriously, when I see a word or phrase I don't understand, I first try to research it for myself. Then if I can't find the answer after a reasonable effort, I'll ask.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
converting to tilde shorthand? ocicat Programming 2 09-12-2007 04:08 AM
Define a domains DNS entry entirely in terms of another ericcarlson Linux - Server 4 04-20-2007 04:45 AM
acronyms ministock85 Linux - Newbie 4 06-18-2006 01:46 AM
Shorthand or Autocomplete For Linux heratiki Linux - Software 3 03-14-2005 02:39 PM
What are all these abbreviations/acronyms anyway? vharishankar General 1 09-18-2004 05:54 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:20 PM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration