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Kevin McCready
March 12th, 2012, 07:14 AM
I've seen these words used in the forum but am unsure of the meaning of each.

I did an advanced title search for "terminal console dash" and nothing came up.

March 12th, 2012, 09:11 AM
See the following links:
Terminal- Command line interface, used for entering commands.

Console- similar to terminal but no gui (like the menubar in terminal)
just press Ctrl+alt+F1 and see for yourself

Dash- Click the ubuntu icon at top left corner. Kinda global search bar.

March 12th, 2012, 09:14 AM
There is a lot of good info on the command line (terminal) here:


the console is the primary means of the user communicating with the operating system , if you press control + alt + F1 you will see what the console looks like, then use control + alt + F7 to get back to your desktop.

the terminal is a way of accessing the console from within the desktop environment, which can be opened and closed as needed.

the dash is a non-technical term used to describe the desktop control area within the Unity desktop environment. It is just a name for a feature of the desktop environment thought up by the developers.

the terminal can be accessed by pressing control + alt + T and also from menus . Many people use the terminal as it is a very quick and powerful way to administer the system rahter than navigating through menu after menu.

Whilst it is not essential to use the terminal, with a little bit of practice you will find it to be a useful tool when working with your system.

Check out the links above and if you have any more questions just ask.

Hope this helps you a bit.

March 12th, 2012, 09:15 AM
Terminal and console are effectively the same thing. On Lubuntu the terminal is called lxterminal, and should be accessible in your menus somewhere.

Dash is the "shell" that runs in the terminal, it's very similar to Bash, in fact most people assume that Ubuntu's default terminal is Bash, because they're so similar and I've never found a Bash command that wont work in Dash. A "shell" is simply a text-based interface for controlling the system.

The Gnome version of Ubuntu also calls part of it's graphical interface "the dash", but you don't have that on Lubuntu, so don't worry about it.

March 12th, 2012, 05:13 PM
what advantage would have the console in respect to the terminal? It seems more dangerous to type something there =p

March 12th, 2012, 05:26 PM
Commands entered into the console and commands entered into the terminal are interpreted the same way by the system.

Accessing the terminal emulator program requires that a graphical user interface environment is present and running, whereas the console is just "always there" in the background. Useful if you have problems getting the machine to get to the desktop stage for instance.

As for the commands being "dangerous", I assume that there is an element of fun in your statement!!!! There are dangerous commands, which if run by mistake or with a typo in them can cause serious damage to the filesystem. That is why it is not advisable to run random commands that you see posted anywhere unless you know what they do and can verify their authenticity before you run them.