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 ===== CLI Offers You Choice ===== ===== CLI Offers You Choice =====
  
-A program that provides a command line interface is called a ''shell'' and is loaded when a user logs in to a system. The default shell in Slackware is called ''Bash'' (Bourne-again shell). Although other shells will be briefly discussed in Chapter 3, the CLI manual will focus predominantly on Bash, the most common shell on today's Linux systems.+A program that provides a command line interface is called a ''shell'' and is loaded when a user logs in to a system. The default shell in Slackware is called ''Bash'' (Bourne-again shell). Although other shells will be briefly discussed in [[.shells|Chapter 3]], the CLI manual will focus predominantly on Bash, the most common shell on today's Linux systems. Once you've started the X window system, you can access the shell via ''virtual terminals'' which can be opened by pressing <key>Alt</key>+<key>F2</key> through <key>F6</key> (the 7th being the current X session)
  
-Once you've started the X window system, you can access the shell via ''virtual terminals'' which can be opened by pressing <key>Alt</key>+<key>F2</key> through <key>F6</key> (the 7th being the current X session). A more convenient and common solution is to access the shell via ''terminal emulators''. Slackware ships with the following terminal emulators:+===== Terminals ===== 
 +==== Terminal Emulators ==== 
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 +A more convenient and common solution, however, is to access the shell via ''terminal emulators''. Slackware ships with the following terminal emulators:
  
   * xterm   * xterm
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 There are many more terminal emulators available from [[http://www.slackbuilds.org|Slackbuilds.org]]. Some popular ones are: There are many more terminal emulators available from [[http://www.slackbuilds.org|Slackbuilds.org]]. Some popular ones are:
  
-  * aterm +  * [[http://slackbuilds.org/system/aterm/|aterm]] 
-  * eterm +  * [[http://slackbuilds.org/system/eterm/|eterm]] 
-  * rxvt-unicode +  * [[http://slackbuilds.org/system/rxvt-unicode/|rxvt-unicode (urxvt)]] 
-  * sakura +  * [[http://slackbuilds.org/system/sakura/|sakura]] 
-  * terminator+  * [[http://slackbuilds.org/system/terminator/|terminator]] 
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 +Despite the fact that ultimately they all provide access to the shell, some of them offer unique features that may be appealing to you so it is worth doing some research on them. 
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 +==== Terminal Multiplexers ====
  
-Despite the fact that ultimately they all provide access to the shellsome of them offer unique features that may be appealing to you.+Another CLI tool that may come in handyespecially if you are working on remote systems, are [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terminal_multiplexer|terminal multiplexers]] which make it possible to run multiple terminal sessions within one virtual terminal or terminal emulator window. Two most popular terminal multiplexers are ''screen'' (comes with Slackware) and ''tmux'' (available from [[http://slackbuilds.org/system/tmux/|SlackBuilds]]).
  
 ====== Chapter Navigation ====== ====== Chapter Navigation ======
  
-**Next Chapter: [[howtos:cli_manual:first_steps|First Steps]]**+**Next Chapter: [[.first_steps|First Steps]]**
  
  
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