This section describes how to connect to the system console.
The console is used to communicate with the operating system (OS) during OS installation, and for some low-level maintenance activities. It provides a simple, text-based interface that requires only a keyboard and a video display.
During an OS installation, at some point, the operating system starts displaying either console or video output on the video monitor. However, it continues to display text-based output on the console. Exactly when it displays output on the video monitor depends on what OS is being installed. See your OS documentation for more details.