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Ubuntu Unleashed 2013 Edition: Covering 12.10 and 13.04, Eighth Edition by Matthew Helmke

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Using Multiple Terminals with byobu

Many Linux veterans have enjoyed and use the screen command, which was designed to enable you to use one terminal to control several terminal sessions easily. Although screen has been a welcome and useful tool, a better one has appeared called byobu; it is an enhanced version of screen. Byobu is a Japanese term for decorative, multipanel, vertically folding screens that are often used as room dividers.

Picture this scene: You connect to a server via Secure Shell (SSH) and are working at the remote shell. You need to open another shell window so you can have the two running side by side; perhaps you want the output from top in one window while typing in another. What do you do? Most people would open another ...

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