I found this link on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbolic_link According to them Symlinks are not really shortcuts.
I had the need to create a shortcut to a program on the Desktop and I wanted to do this using a terminal command. I could not find one. Rather I bumped into the ln command which does pretty much the same (to my knowledge).
So if it's not the same, how do I create a shortcut?