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Chapter 3. Unix Basics For Mac OS X > Terminal, the Shell, & Console

Terminal, the Shell, & Console

Mac OS X includes a utility called Terminal (Figure 2). This application is your window into the Unix world lurking deep inside Mac OS X. If you're old enough, you may remember using big, clunky video terminals to communicate with large mainframes. Terminal mimics the operation of those CRT terminals, but it uses your computer's screen, keyboard, and CPU instead of dumb-terminal hardware.

Figure 2. A Terminal window with a shell prompt.



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