We can end a terminal session by either closing the terminal emulator window or entering the exit command at the shell prompt:
[me@linuxbox ˜]$ exit
The Console Behind the Curtain
Even if we have no terminal emulator running, several terminal sessions continue to run behind the graphical desktop. Called virtual terminals or virtual consoles, these sessions can be accessed on most Linux distributions by pressing ctrl-alt-F1 through ctrl-alt-F6 on most systems. When a session is accessed, it presents a login prompt into which we can enter our username and password. To switch from one virtual console to another, press alt and F1–F6. To return to the graphical desktop, press alt-F7.
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