11 Oct 2010

Virtual Control

Oh, hai!

Today I'm gonna tell you some stuff about linux, which may be so under-used that some of you modern nix users might not be privvy to it. Basically I'm talking about virtual consoles. Are you running your favorite flavour of linux? If yes then you should have the ability to jump into one of your virtual consoles at any time. But before I tell you how to strike the "chord" that summons your virtual consoles, I must tell you that currently your GUI (Graphical User Interface......The pretty picture windows you are used to. Derp) are located on virual console command F7, did you get that? F7! If you want to know where the pretty windows went after you press the shortcut, which I'm going to tell you......Just remember (the "chord") + F7.

Right, enough condescending bullshit. I want you to press the chord: CTRL+ALT+F2
See that? It's one of you virtual consoles! You can log into it and run it the same as you would terminal or whatever, run super user, all that shit. However you cannot execute programes that require the GUI. But I think you can play a co-ordinates command version of gnome chess (If your running gnome, I've never bothered with KDE or XFCE personally. But thats up to you.) Pressing the other F# keys will take you to the other virtual consoles, from F2 right up to F7! (which is the regular console)
Standard Ubuntu users shouldn't have any problems pulling this off. If you notice any difference in what I have said when using other distros, please don't hesitate to tell me so I can ammend the tutorial (if it can even be called that).
 So there you have it Virtual Consoles! *Next time: Installing from source code*