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console: /n./ 1. The operator's station of a mainframe.
In times past, this was a privileged location that conveyed godlike
powers to anyone with fingers on its keys. Under Unix and other
modern timesharing OSes, such privileges are guarded by passwords
instead, and the console is just the tty the system was booted
from. Some of the mystique remains, however, and it is traditional
for sysadmins to post urgent messages to all users from the console
(on Unix, /dev/console). 2. On microcomputer Unix boxes, the main
screen and keyboard (as opposed to character-only terminals talking
to a serial port). Typically only the console can do real graphics
or run X. See also CTY.
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