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 Terminal is what is known as an X terminal emulator, often referred to as terminal or shell. It provides an equivalent to the old-fashioned text screen on your desktop, but one which can easily share the screen with other graphical applications. Windows users may already be familiar with the MS-DOS Prompt utility, which has the analogous function of offering a DOS command-line under Windows, though one should note that the UNIX CLI offer far more power and ease of use than does DOS. Terminal is what is known as an X terminal emulator, often referred to as terminal or shell. It provides an equivalent to the old-fashioned text screen on your desktop, but one which can easily share the screen with other graphical applications. Windows users may already be familiar with the MS-DOS Prompt utility, which has the analogous function of offering a DOS command-line under Windows, though one should note that the UNIX CLI offer far more power and ease of use than does DOS.
  
-Terminal emulates the ''​xterm''​ application developed by the X Consortium. In turn, the ''​xterm''​ application emulates the DEC VT102 terminal and also supports the DEC VT220 escape sequences. An escape sequence is a series of characters that start with the ''​Esc''​ character. Terminal accepts all of the escape sequences that the VT102 and VT220 terminals ​use for functions such as to position ​the cursor and to clear the screen.+Terminal emulates the ''​xterm''​ application developed by the X Consortium. In turn, the ''​xterm''​ application emulates the DEC VT102 terminal and also supports the DEC VT220 escape sequences. An escape sequence is a series of characters that start with the ''​Esc''​ character. Terminal accepts all of the escape sequences that the VT102 and VT220 terminals ​uses for functions such as positioning ​the cursor and to clearing ​the screen.
  
 ===== What makes Terminal special? ===== ===== What makes Terminal special? =====