Originally Posted by prayag_pjs
console (linux console):
* the thing you see when you hit strg+alt+f1, usually there are 6 of
them (F1 thru F6) and Xorg is on F7
(strg seems to be the same as CTRL)
I never tried that before! Neat! Thanks.
For the OP: In day to day usage, persons tend to use the terms "terminal" and "console" and "command line" interchangeably to mean what in Windows is known as a "command window."
I use Slackware. It boots to a terminal or console with a command prompt. I login, then usually enter a command ("startx") to start the GUI, but I might do some stuff from the command prompt without ever starting the GUI.
In the GUI, I start a terminal emulator, such as Konsole or xterm, to open a window with a command prompt, from which I can do command line stuff. It's not a real console, because it's inside a GUI, but, really, who cares? it does the same things.
In either case, you can call it a terminal or a console or a terminal emulator and most persons will know what you mean. This is one area where I think some persons split the hairs too fine.