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Using an iPad for real, part 4 – Terminal

My trials and tribulations using an iPad for work… this month … Terminals.

So this month I’m starting my ‘iPad for real work’ preparation by finding a Terminal.

For those readers who are not involved in technical work a Terminal is an application we use to access servers, file systems, configuration files, and so on. If you remember the old days of computers, it’s basically a text interface, a bit like looking at the old MS DOS prompt.

On the Apple Mac desktop/laptop I often use Terminal which is the default macOS terminal. Windows users might be familiar with PuTTY (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/PuTTY).

But there is no Terminal application in iOS for the iPad.

There are a variety of Terminals available for iOS these days in the App Store, two of the most popular being Terminus and SSH-Term (free version and paid Pro version).

I’ve settled on iTerminal. There is a free version, and a paid version. I’ll be using the free version for now, as I’m not a developer, and not likely to use the more advanced features of the Pro version.

One key part of this decision is that I also use iTerminal on my Mac laptop (MacBook Air) and Desktop (MacMini). So everything I learn and use on the desktop will be valid for use on the iPad too.

iTerminal (by ComcSoft Corporation) is available on the Apple App Store at https://apps.apple.com/nz/app/iterminal-ssh-telnet-client/id581455211.

More reflections on this experiment next month. I’m really looking forward to the upcoming iPadOS to see what that will add.

Stuart Mealor
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Stuart Mealor

Stuart is interested in all things e-learning, with specific interests in Moodle, e-learning strategy, and business development. His experience in education over 30 years, MBA in International Business, and knowledge of e-learning systems implementation, together with graphic design background, give him a unique skill set for e-learning projects.

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