v1.42 January 2010
This document was originally written for real text terminals which are
seldom used anymore. It explains how they work, how to install and
configure them, and provides some info on how to repair them. Most of
this information is mainly of historical interest. But much in this
HOWTO applies to the emulation of text terminals by PC's which is used more
often than real terminals. Except that the standard text modes of
Linux are still used a lot: either the direct text mode (virtual
console) or using text windows in the X-window interface (such as
rterm). But while these standard interfaces (with no serial cables to
connect) are still emulations of a text terminal the details of these
standard emulations is not well covered in this HOWTO since it was
well covered by Keyboard-and-Console-HOWTO which was written for Linux
2.0 and likely needs updating.
This HOWTO also provides an brief overview of modern GUI terminals.