Terminal Emulation Applications for Linux

By Mike Miranda

At some point, terminal emulation becomes a vital service for every company using Linux. With a terminal emulator, a computer can essentially take on the abilities of another. Usually, this means having a terminal revert back to an earlier version or a prior operating system so that the user can access programs that wouldn’t work on a current machine. Even if it’s not a necessity now, your organization will eventually get old enough that terminal emulation becomes essential for using old systems. It may not be something you use on a regular basis, but when it does become something you need, you’ll be glad you have it. If you’re not convinced yet, consider the following benefits terminal emulators bring to the table.

Use Multiple Platforms at Once

Many terminal emulators these days make it possible to use more than one platform at the same time. You load the emulator into your computer and then you can split your screen into multiple terminals. This way, you can access as many old Linux platforms as you need, whether it’s for cross-referencing or some other purpose. It’s far more convenient to work with platforms this way as opposed to opening one screen at a time or using several machines at once.

Create Shortcuts

Some Linux terminal emulators will also allow you to create shortcuts in old systems, even though they didn’t exist earlier. This makes it much easier to use these Linux systems. A lot of times, these platforms are only being accessed for one specific purpose anyways, so it makes sense to create shortcuts for reaching that objective as fast as possible.

Customize Old Titles

Along the same lines, certain terminal emulation platforms allow you a great deal of customization. You can alter backgrounds, colors, fonts, character sizes and much more. While this obviously won’t have a huge effect on functionality, it can often make a big difference when it comes to seeing the information you need in an outdated platform.


Some people imagine that terminal emulation must take a lot of work, even with software to help. They think that the programs won’t be user-friendly and will demand a lot of resources from one’s machine. The truth, though, is that these applications are made with the user in mind. Amongst other things, this means that you can run many terminal emulators at all times and simply leave them on in the background. At a moment’s notice, then, you can hit the dropdown button and there’s your emulator. It can also be dismissed just as easily.

Many also come with tabbed interfaces, so you can manage your workflow however you see fit, while working with multiple screens at the same time.

Emulation doesn’t need to be headache. Modern manufacturers believe you should be able to have it on demand and use it without needing a giant manual by your side.


Along the same lines, emulators wouldn’t be much use if they were difficult to install and implement. In a lot of cases, you’d be better off setting up an older machine for your Linux emulation needs.

That’s why implementation is a huge focus of the best emulators. Manufacturers understand your business can’t afford a time-consuming process. Instead, you want emulation now, so you can access the platforms you need to reach your business goals.


Another huge benefit that come with efficient emulation is savings. Like we touched on in the last section, some companies may seriously consider using old machines with outdated Linux platforms to access their outmoded systems. This is just one of many ways you could reach your emulation goals while spending a lot of money unnecessarily in the process. You could also be overspending simply by wasting time your company needs to pay people for.

Whatever the case, strong emulators for Linux are all about cutting down on costs, sometimes by as much as 50% or even 80%! Don’t overspend on accessing information. If this is a current problem, it could even be affecting your ability to get the data you need.


Your business’ needs are going to change over time when it comes to emulation. At the beginning we brought up how the age of your company affects how often you need to emulate prior systems. Obviously, this means that, in the future, you’ll also have more systems to emulate too as more and more become obsolete.

For this reason, your Linux emulator better be able to scale effortlessly. Without a quality application, you’ll have to handle this kind of requirement manually, something which will cost you in terms of time and money (to say nothing of all the problems you could run into).


Though your company may have a top-notch IT department, that doesn’t mean Linux emulation won’t be challenging at times. When it does, you’ll be glad you went with a title that comes with support from the manufacturer. Just reach out and get the help you need to continue the emulation process uninterrupted.


It goes without saying that security is always a priority when it comes to digital assets. This is one of the problem areas you could run into if you try to emulate prior Linux systems manually. Simply put, it isn’t worth the risk though.

Most of the top emulation applications out there proudly display their focus on security. You can share information outside of your firewall without worrying that prying eyes are going to get their hands on it. Whether it’s from your PC or website to your host, you can rest assured you’re working in a safe environment.

Even if terminal emulation isn’t a priority now, you can trust that it will definitely become a priority someday. For most businesses, though, it already is. Hopefully, the above list of benefits that come from using terminal emulation applications for Linux has resonated with you and proven why you don’t need to fear the process. Thanks to these applications, retrieving data from yesteryear can be as simple as point and click.

Mike Miranda writes about enterprise software and covers products offered by software companies like Rocket Software.

From: Linux.com


Legacy Modernization Applications for Linux

By Mike Miranda

Like many companies, your company may depend on Linux for its main operating system. For nearly a quarter century, Linux has been pivotal for organizations all over the world. While it definitely comes with a number of benefits, it’s important to remember that any system built on Linux is still susceptible to old age. After enough time, your software could even become obsolete. According to Gartner, for example, the average data center is nine years old. However, after seven years, Gartner says that these data centers begin becoming outmoded. This helps illustrate why legacy modernization is such a vital process to carry out regularly.

Using a Modernization Application for Your Linux System

Fortunately, legacy modernization is easier than ever. These days, whole companies are dedicated to creating platforms that allow you to update your systems without the investment of time and money it used to take. This is why there’s no longer any reason to put off modernization or see it as a laborious distraction. Simply choose an application and you can begin experiencing the following benefits from your preferred operating system.

Keep in mind, too, that these applications are developed to be extremely user-friendly, just like any platform these days. Whether you need your Linux system to have mobile functionality or want to repurpose it for another use completely, there are a number of applications out there to choose from.

Better Results

The obvious benefit of applying modernization to your system is that you’ll get the results it was intended to provide. Over time, your system may struggle to produce the kinds of outcomes your company or market now demands. Not only can you update that with modernization, you can get these results faster than ever before too. There’s simply no reason to settle for getting anything other than the best from your Linux system.

Thanks to modernization applications, you don’t have to put off ideal results. Just leverage the software on your Linux system and start seeing better performance in practically no time.

Repurpose Your Old Linux Platform

Markets change. Your customers and employees do too. There are all kinds of reasons your Linux software may no longer be holding up its end of the bargain, but usually it’s going to involve one of those aforementioned factors. Just like with the above section on results, you don’t have to put up with this kind of disappointment. You also don’t need to start all over again developing a solution that will give you what you want.

Thanks to modernization, you can essentially recycle old platforms and transform them into the tools you currently need. Oftentimes, it’s just a couple of minor tweaks—adjusting the sails, if you will—that are necessary to take an outdated platform and transform it into exactly what you needed.

If you have a Linux platform that is no longer giving you what you need, think about how repurposing it could change that. With a modernization platform, you could repurpose it quickly as well, allowing your company to remain responsive no matter what comes your way.

Save Your Budget

Once you have the perfect software, your company can begin reaping all kinds of benefits, many having to do with your finances. Until then, though, it usually means spending a lot of money on developing and troubleshooting the platform you require.

Legacy modernization isn’t going to be free, but it can mean saving a lot of money on your Linux needs. As we’ve covered above, modernization means you don’t need to spend capital on buying new platforms or developing one just because your needs have changed.

Obviously, creating the kind of platform that will actually produce the results you need in an efficient manner will save you money too. Currently, you could be implementing wasteful workarounds to deal with the handicapping nature of a platform that is lacking in functionality.

Now, if you have a quality modernization application to help pull off this process, you’ll really be saving money. You can also use this platform over and over again to realize greater savings too.

Go Mobile

There’s simply no excuse for your Linux system to not have mobile functionality. For one thing, it’s practically required these days. It’s getting rarer and rarer to hear about a platform that can’t be accessed and used from a mobile device. Whether you’re a B2C or B2B company, your users should be able to benefit from the convenience of accessing your Linux software from wherever they are.

As we mentioned at the beginning, legacy modernization applications can be a great way to take your current Linux system and add mobile functionality to it. In fact, this is one of the most popular reasons for modernization efforts at the moment.

Access Other Applications

Does your company use a number of software titles everyday to meet your business goals? If so, you probably couldn’t imagine life without them. Sadly, though, one title could be getting in the way of another. You might also find that there’s a disconnect between some titles, meaning that your employees are being called upon to bridge that gap.

Why not allow your Linux titles to work with the others you rely on? In this way, you’re essentially getting more from each one by combining their efforts. Thanks to modernization applications, this doesn’t have to be the challenge it may sound like. Simply by modernizing one title, you may see better results. Make it a priority to modernize all your Linux systems with a focus on collaboration and you’ll soon be seeing better results than ever before.

Legacy modernization isn’t just for giant corporations with expansive architectures and an army of IT professionals to help them carry it out. These days, every business of every size can benefit from modernizing their Linux titles. All it takes is picking out the right application for doing so. Most likely, you noticed at least one or two benefits from the above list that would help you get more from your business than ever before.

Mike Miranda writes about enterprise software and covers products offered by software companies like Rocket Software.

From: Linux.com


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