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Re: [SLE] new v9.2 is out
  • From: Örn Hansen <orn.hansen@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2004 23:12:50 +0200
  • Message-id: <200410252312.59393.orn.hansen@xxxxxxxxxx>
måndag 25 oktober 2004 12:54 skrev Fergus Wilde:
> On Sunday 24 October 2004 21:27, Allen wrote:
> > On Fri, 22 Oct 2004, Theo v. Werkhoven wrote:
> > > Wed, 13 Oct 2004, by gorebofh@xxxxxxxxxxx:
> > > From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (13 Mar 01) [foldoc]:
> > >
> > > console
> > >
> > > 1. The operator's station of a {mainframe}. In times past,
> > > this was a privileged location that conveyed godlike powers to
> > > anyone with fingers on its keys. Under {Unix} and other
> > > modern {time-sharing} {operating system}s, such privileges are
> > > guarded by passwords instead, and the console is just the
> > > {tty} the system was booted from. Some of the mystique
> > > remains, however, and it is traditional for {sysadmin}s to
> > > post urgent messages to all users from the console (on Unix,
> > > /dev/console).
> > >
> > > 2. On {microcomputer} {Unix} boxes, the main screen and
> > > keyboard (as opposed to character-only terminals talking to a
> > > {serial port}). Typically only the console can do real
> > > graphics or run {X}. See also {CTY}.
> >
> > From what I'm reading, you can pretty much call any Linux or UNIX machine
> > a terminal or Console, as you're using the keyboard too human thing in
> > the first part of this, or a cnosole, since you can run X on it then
> > right?
>
> Yes, that clears it up nicely. You should be considering a career as a
> lexicographer.
>

The words predate the display...
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