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

Managing Director at HRDNZ
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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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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