Linux is a multiuser and multitasking system. The advantages of these
features can be appreciated even on a stand-alone PC system. In text mode,
there are six virtual consoles available. Switch between them using
Alt-F1 to Alt-F6.
The seventh console is reserved for X and the tenth console shows
kernel messages. More or fewer consoles can be assigned by modifying the
To switch to a console from X without shutting it down, use Ctrl-Alt-F1 to Ctrl-Alt-F6. To return to X, press Alt-F7.