A virtual terminal or as sometimes referred to as the console is a command line environment that exists outside of your graphical user interface.
many people still prefer to work day to day in a virtual terminal for email, chat and even media players. The same functionality is still available through the Gnome Desktop using Gnome-terminal to simulate a virtual terminal and to run the same applications.
A console can also be utilised if something has gone wrong and you need to kill a process, read logs for troubleshooting or to remotely access other machines using SSH.
To access a virtual terminal environment press any of:
Control + Alt + F1
Control + Alt + F2 Control + Alt + F3 Control + Alt + F4 Control + Alt + F5 Control + Alt + F6
Any of the 6 virtual terminals will print the Vinux version, the hostname of your machine and the virtual terminal number such as:
Vinux 4.0 LTS Gigabyte tty1
Prompting for login: which is asking for your username, a valid user account must be provided on your machine to successfully login. Then you will be asked for a password, please note that as usual both are case sensative and there will be no indication that you are typing when inputting characters for your password.
If you wish to return to your Desktop environment you may do so by pressing:
Control + Alt + F7 Control + Alt + F8 [if more than one user is logged into the Desktop] Alt + left/right arrow key until finding the Desktop