Unix shell account

Unix shell account

A customer account with an Internet service provider (ISP) that requires the user to enter Unix commands to send and receive mail and files. Prior to today's graphical interfaces, Internet access was always a command line operation performed by researchers and computer buffs.
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It seems the company regrets that it offered me a so-called Unix shell account several years ago and now wishes me to cancel it and sign up for the more profitable (to them) Netcruiser service.
The account with the lowest cost is called a UNIX shell account, a dial-in terminal account or a command-line account.
Additional features include a UNIX shell account, full CGI scripting capability, redundant T3 Internet backbone connections, and dedicated 24 X 7 technical support and network operations center.
Part 5, "The Internet for teens," looks at UNIX shell accounts, Telnet and FTP.
UNIX shell accounts offer two standard e-mail filter programs--ELM and PROCMAIL.
Best's services include SLIP (standard or compressed) or PPP connection, UNIX shell accounts, Web page hosting and design, dedicated network LAN service.