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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 time-sharing operating systems, 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,
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.