Linux terminals vs Windows consoles - was Re: python 2.7.12 on Linux behaving differently than on Windows

Michael Torrie torriem at
Thu Dec 8 12:27:39 EST 2016

On 12/08/2016 10:05 AM, Grant Edwards wrote:
> Or various other terminal emulators tha are mostly ANSI and Unicode
> aware...
> And the Linux console...


> It's interesting to note that the "real" xterm terminal emulator will
> still emulate a Tektronix storage-scope graphics terminal (a terminal
> that actually _implemented_ vector drawing rather than emulating it
> with a raster-scanned array of pixels).

Yeah I played around with that for fun a few months ago.  The reason I
did was that someone on a forum was complaining about a problem with
that mode and I had never heard of it before!

> But, I know of plenty of people that still use real serial terminals
> connected via serial ports.  Until very recently, one of my customers
> had a group of techs that bought used Wyse 50 (green monochrome CRT)
> serial terminals off e-bay, Craigsist, or wherever and refurbished
> them in-house so that they could be sent out to the field for
> installation (as retail POS terminals).  Last time I heard, they were
> goint to switch to flat-screen "thin-clients".  I got a chance to play
> with one of those, and it was an industrial Single-board-PC and LCD
> monitor built into a single unit running Windows.  It was configured
> to boot up and run a Wyse-50 terminal emulator -- and connect to the
> "real" computer via an RS-232C serial port. :)

Very interesting.

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