"A console (terminal, terminal emulation) and a shell are
equivalent to what is commonly known in Windows as the 'command
line'. For many it's just a mysterious and unnecessary system tool,
reserved only for the '1337'. For some, professional system
administrators, although limited it's indispensable. Linux console,
in contrast with the Windows command shell, is an extremely
powerful user tool, which allows to perform virtually any operation
on the system..."