"Open a Terminal. Three words that are enough to send Windows
users scurrying back to Microsoftland. But why, wonders Linux User
& Developer's Simon Brew?
"I'm guessing that many of you hear this too. There you are,
chatting to people about Linux, and why they don't use it, and
sooner or later you'll stumble across one of the more regular
answers. The Terminal window. That window of joy that to the
untrained eye looks like we've gone back to the days of DOS, typing
in laborious commands to get every job done.
"Of course, this kind of comment overlooks the fact that the
evolution of GUIs has made it kind of redundant in the world of
modern-day Linux, and the fact remains that if you choose your
Linux distribution with a little care, you need never open a
Terminal window in your life. However, even though many of us like
to say that, there's still, festering away, the knowledge that in a
more realistic world often the Terminal is the quickest way to get
from A to B."