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What is a terminal and how do I open and use it?

In earlier versions of ubuntu, I could install wireless cards using terminal and ndiswrapper. In later versions I don't see an obvious way to get to the terminal mode.

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There's a terminal application installed by default in every regular Ubuntu version, including recent versions. What exactly makes you think there's no terminal application installed? What have you tried? –  gertvdijk Dec 6 '12 at 13:23
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askubuntu.com/questions/28086/… ;) (Ctrl-Alt-T - Launch a terminal window.) –  Rinzwind Dec 6 '12 at 13:25
    
you can also try Ctrl-Alt-F1. Ctrl-Alt-F7 to return to Unity –  Xetius Dec 6 '12 at 14:04
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If by "terminal mode" you mean the TTY, it's the same as older versions of Ubuntu: Ctrl+Alt+1. You can replace 1 by any number between 1 and 6. The 7 will bring you back to graphic desktop. TTY is a complete independent session without graphical interface, so you'll need to log in first.

If you just want to open a terminal window, just type Ctrl+Alt+T.

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