When I type echo $TERM on my terminal it shows me xterm. From there itself I believe there are more than one terminal in Ubuntu. Is it the name of the terminal that I am using? I have seen some computer experts using terminal which is having lots of colored text and all. Actually how many types of terminals are there in Ubuntu?

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    The given link does not answer my question. I want to know the different types of terminals available in Ubuntu. Oct 16, 2014 at 12:50
  • Then your question should be closed as too broad. Oct 16, 2014 at 17:25
  • @RaduRădeanu Provided "different types" is limited to the different values that TERM can take on, I don't think this is too broad. If we were to interpret this as asking what all the differences are between all different terminal emulators that can be run in Ubuntu, of course that would be too broad, but I think this is asking what the different values of TERM are and what they mean. Oct 16, 2014 at 17:30
  • This answer on the Unix site should apply.
    – Nattgew
    Oct 16, 2014 at 18:32
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    @Rinzwind The underlying software usage determines how it works. Which is exactly why I wouldn't want to put 'noodle-soup' as my $TERM. I am highly sceptical that this is too broad. An answer doesn't have to list every single possible variable, just the most common ones and explain why they are important.
    – Seth
    Oct 17, 2014 at 18:01

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I have found the answer here. May the way I asked the question was little confusing. I was actually looking for terminal emulators. But before I read this, I never knew that there are emulators exist for terminal.

There are a number of terminal emulators available for Linux and so for Ubuntu which give more usability based on your application. Usability in the sense, for example, there is a terminal emulator which shows the thumbnails when you list the files under a directory using ls command. There is another terminal emulator called Terminator in which you can split your window horizontally and vertically o that you can evaluate all you activities in the same screen without switching the tab.

The one I prefer for my application is Terminator as I have to perform more than one processes on my terminal, like I have to run a scan on a server and at the same time I want to edit a file using vim. I can see the scanning on my right side and at the same time I can edit the file also. Thumbs up!

  • look up online cool-retro-term and byobu. Byobu can create terminal tabs kind of like a web browser with bunch of indicators, like battery life and time(so saves time on writing elaborate scripts), and cool-retro-term, well, just has cool style. Oh, and Byobu works even in tty type of consoles ! just call it when you log in, and enjoy Oct 23, 2014 at 8:15
  • It would be better if you could summarize the content of the linked post. Link-only answers become useless if the link goes stale.
    – muru
    Oct 23, 2014 at 8:17
  • @muru I have added a slight explanation. Hope it adds. :) Oct 27, 2014 at 8:21

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