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.
and other modern time-sharing operating system
s, 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 sysadmin
s to post urgent messages to all users from the console (on Unix, /dev/console).
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