X-Terminal Emulators give end users the ability to control their computers by running specific commands via a command line interface. They are available for a variety of popular operating systems, including Linux, Mac OS X, MS-DOS, and Windows.
For Linux, we recommend using the Terminator X-Terminal Emulator. It includes tons of cool features that give you full control of the Linux operating system. Terminator is based on the popular Linux GNOME Terminal, but what makes Terminator stand above the GNOME alternative is an attractive customizable grid interface, the ability to create your own customized keyboard shortcuts, support for multiple sessions via tabs, and the option to save your layouts so they can be used later. Like most things on Linux, Terminator can be downloaded for free.
If you don’t like Apple’s built in X-Terminal Emulator, then the next best option for Macs is iTerm2. It has an updated feel to it compared to Apple’s version of iTerm, and it has several cool features such as autocomplete, the ability to split the panes and work on two sessions at once, a history of items you have pasted, the ability to select and copy text without using a mouse, profile support, and programmable keyboard shortcuts that you can use to map any key to perform a specific function. The best thing about it? iTerm2 is free!
If you need to use an X-Terminal Emulator for MS-DOS, we highly recommend Kermit. What we like about Kermit is that it is both a text and graphics terminal, and it offers the ability to either run the program by itself or embed it within another program. Couple Kermit with Telnet and it can be used to run commands over the Internet.
Since Microsoft’s built-in Command Prompt is not very robust, we prefer using the Console2 X-Terminal Emulator. One of Console2’s cool features is that it allows you to change the font, size, and color of the program, so no more boring terminal interfaces! You can also use multiple tabs for running simultaneous sessions, it has an interface that can run Cygwin, PowerShell, and PuTTY shells, and it provides the ability to use programmable hotkeys. Like nearly everything here at freeemulator, Console2 is free and works on all the latest Windows operating systems.