"So the first step is finding a terminal on your Linux system,
and I haven't seen a Linux distribution yet that didn't include
several by default. On KDE look in your start menus for Konsole,
and on Gnome look for Terminal or Gnome-Terminal. There are dozens
of different terminals: xterm, aterm, rxvt, eterm, and many more.
Apparently Linux geeks love terminals.
"Wading through all those menus to launch our terminal is
tedious, so our first step in learning mighty command-line powers
is a fast keyboard shortcut for opening a "run command" dialog.
This way we can quickly type in the name of an application to start
it. Press the Alt and F2 keys at the same time, and on KDE you see
something like Figure 1. Gnome calls it "run application" and it
looks similar, with one very nice addition-- an alphabetical
graphical menu to browse. On KDE type in konsole and press Run, and
in Gnome type terminal or gnome-terminal and press Run. Lo and
behold, your shiny terminal opens before you, just like Figure 2